The Thomas Hardye School

The School Library and Resources Centre

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The Melvin Library is purpose built to provide the school with an outstanding range of learning resources.  It can accommodate over 100 students for quiet study and offers extensive computer and wifi facilities.

There are over 20,000 borrowable items including books, DVDs, audio books and multi-media equipment. Students can access national daily newspapers, popular magazines and journals and enjoy a wide range of fiction material.

We have thousands of fiction titles covering all genres and students can relax on soft seating in the reading zone.  There are over 12,000 non-fiction titles in the study zone covering all areas of the curriculum and these are continually updated.

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We are also able to loan multimedia equipment including still and video cameras and voice recorders.

Library covid arrangements

Opening hours:     
Monday – Thursday 8.30am to 4.30pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm

(Currently open until 3.30 p.m.)

The library is staffed by two full time librarians.

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Keep up to date with what’s new in the library


Downloadable Documents (PDF unless otherwise stated).

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New Fiction in the Library October 2020

New Non Fiction October 2020

Desert Island Books
(Book Reviews)

Costa Book Award Winners

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Here are some interesting competitions you may want to check out.

BBC Young Writers Award – launching January 2020

Wicked Young Writers Award

Royal Literature Society

Young Walter Scott’s Prize

Author of Tomorrow (Adventure Writing)


Chaucer Heritage Trust

Foyle Young Poet Award

Eastside’s Spoken Word Poetry Competition