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t Josephs College, Coalisland


Welcome to St. Joseph’s College Library



The library is an oasis of calm and quiet in the school located on the first floor and accessed centrally via the main staircase and school lift.  It is housed in a large spacious area with seating for collaborative, class and individual study, an IT area, an issue desk and display zone. In addition to books, magazines and newspapers it is supplied with wireless technology as well as ample sockets and data cabling, iPads, e-readers and a mobile app (iMLS) to access the library catalogue.

The ethos is to provide both print and electronic resources together with a welcoming and calm environment to support literacy development, reading for pleasure, homework and independent study in St. Joseph's.  This ensures it is a flexible and future-proof space.



The library is managed by a professional Librarian: Mrs M. Devlin, BA (Hons.) MCLIP, who has over 20 years’ experience managing school libraries’; and who provides a wide range of resources, information, activities, tutorials and support for students in all year groups and staff.


Our Main Aims

Our main objectives in the library are to support the school community through the provision of book and digital information, delivery of and assistance in literacy support; and independent learning across the curriculum.  The library contributes in many ways to the school's aim of creating confident individuals, responsible citizens and successful learners.


Mission Statement

Our school library strives to be the central resource for information and literacy, which supports the school curriculum and ethos. We endeavour to empower in our pupils a spirit of enquiry and to engender life-long learning.



We hold a collection of over 10,000 resources which include:

-          Contemporary and classic fiction

-           Up to date non-fiction

-          Ebooks

-          Reference material, SEN and newcomer materials

-          Amazon Kindle e-Readers

-          Apple IPads

-          Chivers’ MP3 Audio Books

-          Educational DVD collection

-          Daily newspapers and monthly journals

-          Local history collection

-          5 networked computers


Pupils and staff may also borrow e-books to read online or download them to a range of personal devices for a limited amount of time.


The Library catalogue can be accessed internally via ‘My School’ and externally through the iMLS app (for ios, android, windows, and blackberry). Type keywords into the search box to get information on library resources including recommended websites for all taught topics. Staff and pupils can also access their own library account.


We also offer a tailored 1-1 and group Reading Partnership programme for pupils who

-          require extra literacy support; and for those

-          who follow an accelerated reader programme



Opening Times          


Monday:                      8:40am – 1:50pm

Tuesday:                     8:40am – 1:50pm

Wednesday:                8:40am – 1:50pm

Thursday:                    8:40am – 1:50pm

Friday:                         8:40am – 1:50pm   

During Extended Schools time the library opens at 8:20am.


We are also open through break-time and lunch-time. Pupils must obtain a valid library pass before period one each morning to gain access at these times.


The school library welcomes any queries and the librarian can be contacted during opening hours via the school’s contact details.



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