School libraries do not just support the student population. They also allow the teachers to access relevant resources and tools which they otherwise may not know of or have access to. The Library of St. Anthony’s School, Kurseong has been refurbished and re-stocked in recent years and the school is committed to support the educational aims, by making the library central and integral to the independent learning processes within the school. The Library is well-equipped with an extensive range of abridged and original novels, reference books, newspapers, current-affairs magazines, periodicals and educational books. The School has a commitment to regular review of library materials and annual updates of the collection. After all, libraries are places where people and information come together. In the midst of the quickening pace of technological change, the role of libraries remains immutable. A school library brings with itself a great many benefits. The Principal, St. Anthony’s School, Kurseong thinks that a good, well-equipped library speaks volumes of the school and so he aims to
- Ensure a well-stocked library brimming with books on a variety of fields sets into motion the ‘learner’s agency’, where children are free to initiate their own learning process, in their own pace and on their respective fields of interest.
- Encourage the students acquire knowledge that is not limited to their curriculum books. This deepens and widens their thinking capacities.
- Envisage the library which according to him explains democracy in its truest sense where children, irrespective of their constraints and backgrounds are able to free dive into the depths of knowledge.
- Visualize library as a disciplinary platform which helps in developing a sense of discipline among the students as they are required to sit in quietude while carrying out their study or research
- Ensure that students are able to conduct research and navigate through the massive flow of information available today and enhance their ability to validate resources and make proper use of them.
- The Library is one of our most valued teaching - learning resources.
- All articles, personal belongings and bags must be left outside when entering the library. Only an exercise book and library book, if it is to be returned, may be taken into the Library.
- Books from the School Library are issued regularly. No other magazine, reference book or paper may be circulated in the school, without the permission of the Principal.
- Books exclusively meant for reference and consultations are not to be taken out of the library. They remain available to all students all the time
- Before leaving the Library every student must submit for scrutiny the books borrowed
- Books borrowed from the library must be returned directly to the librarian. They must not be circulated. A student who circulates books borrowed from the library may be fined.
- If any defect is noticed in a book that is being borrowed, the librarian should be notified.
- Failure to do this check, renders one liable to be held responsible for the defect once it is detected, on the return of the book. Fines will be imposed for damages done to books and magazines in the Library.
- Books lost must be replaced by the borrower
- No book will be issued to or retained by the students during the Mid-Term, Puja/Diwali and Winter Vacations
- During class hours (8.40 am to 2.00 pm), classes will be allowed into the library only according to the time-table published by the Principal.