Welcome to the Icknield Community College Library

The School Library is founded on the basic principle that those children who read for pleasure are more likely to do better at school, have more rewarding jobs and grow into more thoughtful, imaginative and resourceful adults.

Our whole ethos is to provide a bright, engaging, up-to-date library with books that appeal to young people.  The library is also often a haven and is accessible to all students regardless of their reading ability. 

For those children who already love to read, there is a well-stocked, wide range of books and a librarian to support those students to find ‘just the right book’. For more reluctant readers, we encourage them to try new authors, quick reads, fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels and magazines to engage them in the world of print. We don’t give up and we work as hard as we can to keep engaging our students with books.

We believe reading is the foundation for education: without it, all else flounders.  The enjoyment of seeing a reluctant reader turn into a regular reader makes the journey getting there completely worthwhile.  

All libraries should be at the very heart of a school and we continue to work hard in our library to make sure that continues to happen. 

Mrs Eales
School Librarian



Using the library

The library is open throughout the school day (8.30am to 2pm) and is managed by Librarian Mrs Eales. Student librarians contribute to the running of the library and help at break and lunchtimes.

All students are welcome to use the library and its resources or bring their own books to read during their free time. The Library team are here to help students use the free resources.

Students can borrow up three books at any given time, and can come and use the library resources of:

  • Wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books
  • Space to charge student Chromebooks
  • Magazines, comics and graphic novels

Borrowing Books

Icknield students can access our online catalogue which is available at .This is where you can search the library from any computer for books and recommended websites, reserve books and check your library account. Please click here for more information.

To log into this site use your school email address as the user name and your date of birth in the format ddmmyyyy (with no forward slash between numbers) as the password.

Activities and Events

We love everything about reading in the library and we try to celebrate as many book-related activities throughout the year as possible. Past events have included:

  • World Book Day Celebrations
  • National Poetry Day Celebrations
  • Shadowing local and national book awards such as the Oxfordshire Book Awards and the Carnegie Book Awards.
  • Annual Sponsored Readathons – so far we have raised thousands for local hospitals!

Reading lists

We realise that it can be useful to know what great texts are out there and have therefore put together a few different reading lists. Many of these books have been recommended by our own students and we know you will find something on here to enjoy.