Our library is a welcoming, engaging place where students are encouraged and supported to develop their literacy and reading skills for their future.
Botany Downs is blessed with a lovely library space FULL of wonderful books! Our collection includes: picture books, fiction (junior, middle and senior), non-fiction, magazines, graphic novels and sophisticated picture books. Each class has a scheduled library visit each week when they develop library and research skills, and find books to read at home and school.
Summer Reading 2023
We are excited to once again offer this opportunity to our students!
Reading (and literacy) is a skill that requires practice, and the long summer break can lead to a slip in reading ability which then has to be regained. To help combat this, we encourage students to sign-up for the Summer Reading programme.
- available for students in Yrs 0/1-5 who are returning to BDS in 2024
- students may borrow up to 10 books to read over the summer break
- borrowing will be available to Summer Readers in Weeks 9 & 10 of Term 4
- parents/caregivers must complete and submit a form giving permission for their child to take part
- parents/caregivers agree to take responsibility for the books and contribute to the cost of replacing any lost or damaged books
- books are to be returned in Week 1 2024
Please complete and submit this form to register your child/ren: Summer Reading Sign-up Form
Search our library collection here: BDS Library Collection
- The library is open at lunchtime, from 12.45 to 1.30pm
- Books are issued for two weeks.
- ALL books/magazines must be issued via the library issues computer.
- Children usually return their books during their weekly class visit, but may also return books before school or during lunchtime.
- Books must be returned either to the librarian on duty or in the returns slot at the issue desk so they can be scanned through the computer. Please be considerate to other students and return your books on or before the due date.
- If the library is closed books may be returned to ‘Botany Bob’, our after-hours returns bin located in the office foyer.
- If you haven’t finished reading your book by the due date, you are welcome to renew it – bring your book to the library and ask the librarian to renew it for you.
- There is no charge for overdue books, however if a book is lost or badly damaged, parents/caregivers will be asked to pay for a replacement copy.
Year 0 – 3 – may borrow 1 book at a time.
Year 4 – may borrow 2 books at a time.
Year 5 & 6 – may borrow 3 books at a time.
Students in Year 5 have the opportunity to become Student Librarians. Being a Student Librarian means helping to run the library at lunchtime.
The Auckland public libraries offer a huge range of e-books and audio-books that are free to borrow for members, and can be read on any device via their Libby (Overdrive) app:
Browse their digital collections here: Auckland Libraries Kids & Youth
Not a member of the library? Sign up for free here: Join Auckland Libraries
You can find more information about using Libby (Overdrive) here: Libby (Overdrive)
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