The staff of the Library at St. Francis College understand and undertake the responsibilities identified in the policy, ethos and aims of the college itself, so that the teaching staff and pupils can achieve appropriate teaching and learning outcomes to become competent and confident readers and independent, efficient and effective users of information.

The Library staff is dedicated to provide and promote intellectual and physical access to help:

  • Meet the educational needs of all members of our staff, pupil body and parent community.
  • Enhance and enrich the educational philosophy and curriculum.
  • Stimulate interest and enjoyment of books
  • Encourage all users through effective use of all library materials to become independent and interested lifelong learners.

The Library is open from Monday to Friday from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm. Most books are in English, yet the library also counts on a selection of books in Portuguese to support the Brazilian curriculum. There are also several books in other languages such as Spanish, French, Italian and Korean.

The Library & Resource Centre collection is constantly updated to support curriculum areas and to foster recreational reading. At present our library has over 22 thousand items which include:

  • Fiction, Non-fiction and Reference books, in print and electronic formats, suitable for the needs of pupils, staff and parents.
  • Magazines, journals, and newspapers, vital learning resource providing current information.
  • Other paper-based resources: wall charts, posters, maps, and magazines.
  • The audio-visual materials available to support the development of pupils' skills are:
    automated library catalogue, DVDs, CDs, headphones, educational videos, and online computer facilities.