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Welcome to Stromness Academy Library

Presentation, with Voice-over (Old version)



  • Mrs F. Sinclair, BA(Hons). MCLIP



The purpose built library is centrally located within the school. It was opened in 1987 and is currently managed by a full-time Chartered Librarian, Mrs Frances Sinclair, who has been in post since 1992.

It provides an important school wide resource for pupils and staff alike. It aims to support the curriculum fully by providing a wide and up-to-date range of resources from its own collection and from the Orkney Library that provides a support service. It also provides access to electronic resources, mostly via the internet, with links appropriate to the curriculum being curated by Mrs Sinclair via ‘Livebinders‘ and other online bookmarking tools.

Attractively designed on two levels, it holds approximately 6,000 book and non-book resources. Most of the stock is located in the Lower Library in four distinct sections – Reference, Non-fiction, Fiction and Senior Fiction. The Upper Library houses a small Careers Information collection and is a study area for individual private study for 5th and 6th year pupils. Younger pupils may also use the Upper Library for study on request.

The library has a welcoming atmosphere that is conducive to study, research, leisure reading and computer use.

Opening Times

The library is available:

  • Before registration
  • During classes – get permission from your teacher
  • Lunchtime
  • After School – get permission from the Librarian.


8.35am Monday – Friday

(8.30am for Pupil Librarians)


4pm  Mon, Wed, Thurs
4.45pm Tues
3.00pm Friday

Closing times might vary throughout the school year due to meetings, etc. Keep an eye on the daily bulletin for changes.

The library is CLOSED:

  • during Morning Interval
  • during the Librarian’s lunch: 1.15 – 1:45pm Mon – Thurs

The Librarian is usually in the library during lesson periods and is available if you need any help. If the Librarian is not there carry on with your work quietly. She shouldn’t be away longer than 5 or 10 minutes unless a notice states otherwise.


  • Study space: Upper Library – 35; Lower Library – 38
  • 11 Computers
  • Stationery: loan of pens, pencils, rulers, glue, etc.


  • Approx. 6000 books: Fiction; Non-fiction; Reference; Graphic Novels; Careers Books
  • Local newspaper
  • Magazines
  • 10 PCs with internet access
  • Small collection of DVDs and audio books

Use of the Library

The library is used throughout the school day – before registration, class time, lunchtime and after school. Most departments will send pupils as necessary with them coming individually, in groups or as a whole class. The Librarian is usually on hand to help pupils or staff with research if appropriate.

The library is a learning environment which will encourage independent learning, yet pupils can easily request immediate help from staff if appropriate.It can be used by an entire class to access information from a wide range of resources, belonging to the library or borrowed from the Orkney Library.The librarian, an information professional, can help to support students in their research, helping them to identify, locate, select and use appropriate resources.The skills used in the library are cross-curricular and transferable. Sustained use will make these skills second nature. The library, by its nature is cross-curricular and therefore the librarian can work across subject boundaries.

The library is typically used for research, personal reading and individual study. The library may be used in the following ways:

  • Individual research projects where you and the librarian are on hand to help out
  • Personal reading sessions with access to wide range of materials in an appropriate environment with the option of various reading based activities
  • Information literacy sessions delivered by the librarian in partnership with teaching staff

At lunchtimes, the library is used on a more informal basis with a variety of different leisure activities taking place, yet resources are still available for pupils wishing to read, do schoolwork or homework to be able to do so.


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1 week ago

Stromness Academy

***COVID-19 guidance reminder for staff and pupils returning to the classroom***(Lorraine) The Council is reminding school staff and pupils of COVID-19 measures still in place to try and keep everyone safe as they return to the classroom after the October break.The Scottish Government have been asking for some time now that people undertake twice-weekly lateral flow device tests and this has also been the case for staff and secondary pupils in schools. With all schools across the county due back on Monday, 25 October, we would appeal to all our school staff and secondary pupils to schedule one of their regular LFD tests shortly before they return – as was the advice following the summer break.Orkney Islands Council Executive Director of Education, Leisure and Housing, James Wylie, said: “Following the recent outbreak and in the build up to the October holidays we saw significant engagement in the LFD process. It is imperative that we pick up where we left off. All school staff and secondary pupils are strongly encouraged to restart twice-weekly at-home LFD testing in the week prior to return. The advice states that ideally, staff and secondary pupils should take the second weekly test either in the morning before leaving for the first day of school or the evening before.“It is really important that you record your results online, whether positive, negative or void. This helps public health experts understand what levels of COVID-19 are and can inform policy on things like future mitigations in schools.“Testing can help reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. This, in turn, can help reduce the numbers of staff or children and young people that will have to self-isolate due to outbreaks.”All schools offered test kits to staff and pupils prior to the October break, which can be used for these purposes. If any staff or pupils have not received test kits, they can access them in a range of different ways, including ordering online for home delivery, or collecting kits from your nearest test site or pharmacy, such as Sutherlands in Kirkwall and Stromness, and Boots.

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