Library

Walter Shepherd Resource Centre

The Walter Shepherd Resource Centre is the home of our Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 Library.

The collections and spaces developed for Middle and Senior Years’ students are located on the upper level, while the lower level houses the Lorna Dickson Library collection which caters to the Junior Years. The lower level of the Library is also where the Information Learning Technology’s (ILT) help desk and computer labs are located.

Opening Hours

Junior Years’ Students

Monday to Friday: 8am-4pm

Before School – Students are welcome to use the Lorna Dickson Library from 8-8.30am. Kindergarten to Year 1 students should be accompanied by an adult at this time.

Recess – the Library is closed to Junior Years’ students.

Lunch – the Library is open to Junior Years’ students from 1.10-1.35pm.

After School – Students may use the Lorna Dickson Library from 3.15-4pm. Kindergarten to Year 1 students should be accompanied by an adult.

Middle and Senior Years’ Students

The upper level is open weekdays in term time, including before and after school, recess and lunch time.

Monday to Thursday – 8am-6pm
Friday – 8am-4pm

The lower level computer lab is open to Middle and Senior Years’ students on weekdays in term time, including recess and lunch time.

After school hours, entry for Middle and Senior Years’ students is through the upper level. Students must sign in and sign out at the Circulation Desk.

Resources

A wide range of quality information resources is available, both physically and virtually/digitally, for use at School or at home.

Students can retrieve online resources, including selected and catalogued websites, digital video and online databases such as encyclopaedias, specialist reference materials, news and magazine articles, video, eAudio, eBooks etc., through the catalogue on the YourLibrary@MLC website via My MLC.

Loans

Students can view and manage their loans, renewals and reservations at School or at home using the online catalogue. All materials should be returned through the slot in the Circulation Desk on or before the due date.

Junior Years’ Students

Students in Kindergarten to Year 5 will need to protect their loan items using a cloth bag. The Uniform Shop sells waterproof library bags.

Regular loan numbers are determined by year group:

Loan periods and maximum item numbers for Junior Years’ students

  • Kindergarten: one item at a time
  • Pre-Primary to Year 1: two items at a time
  • Years 2-6: four items at a time

Middle and Senior Years’ Students

In general, Middle and Senior Years’ students may borrow up to six items for a period of up to two weeks. This is in addition to any items from subject areas including class novels.

Borrowers’ Cards (usually a Transperth SmartRider) are required to borrow or to use Closed Reserve items within the Library, or to retrieve printing and photocopying.

Exam preparation for Senior Years’ students

The Library provides a comprehensive collection of study guides and practice exam papers for students in Years 11 and 12. To ensure equity of access for all students, items in this collection are only available for a period of three days. Just prior to, and during exam periods, these items will be placed on closed reserve and not available for loan. Students will need to use the items within the building so that all students have an opportunity to utilise these essential revision tools.

Overdue Items

Students are expected to return items on or before the due date. If students still require the items they can be renewed either in person, or via the online catalogue or email.

Junior Years’ Students

In Junior Years, students will receive verbal reminders during their weekly library lessons from the Junior Years Teacher Librarian. Parents will also receive two overdue slips via the classroom teacher. If an item has not been returned after four weeks, overdue letters will be sent home to parents. After six weeks, the items will be deemed lost and the cost of the item will be charged to the school account.

Middle and Senior Years’ Students

Middle and Senior Years students will receive reminders via their College email account for the first four weeks. If an item has not been returned after four weeks, overdue letters will be sent home to parents. After six weeks, the items will be deemed lost and the cost of the item will be charged to the school account.