Our library

The Library at Alva Academy

The library is a vibrant and welcoming environment which offers access to a variety of resources to complement learning throughout the school.


The library itself is a wide open space that can seat 60 pupils and an amazing view of the Ochil hills.

You can follow the library’s activities on Twitter @AlvaAcadLibrary.

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 Opening Times
Before-School Break Lunch After-School
Monday 8.15-8.35 OPEN to S1 3.10-4.00
Tuesday 8.15-8.35 OPEN to S2 3.10-4.00
Wednesday 8.15-8.35 OPEN to S3/4 3.10-4.00
Thursday 8.15-8.35 Homework/Study only 3.10-4.00
Friday 8.15-8.35 Writers Group 3.10-4.00

*S5/S6 are allowed in at any time at the discretion of the Librarian

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Students are issued with their own library card in S1 which stays active until they leave in S6. They can borrow up to 2 books at a time and have a 3 weeks loan however the books can be renewed for a longer period. Once a pupil has chosen the book(s) to borrow then it needs to be stamped out at the issues desk by the librarian. Books can be handed in to the blue boxes on the issue desk at any time. If the book(s) are lost or damaged then the pupil will be ask to purchase a copy of said book as a replacement. There is no fine for lateness.

Pupils can use the 20 laptops that are available in the library for school purposes any time the library is open. There is printing facilities are available but please ask the librarian before printing!

Resources are organised into 6 key areas:- teenage fiction, senior fiction, reference, non-fiction, staff resources and careers.

  • Fiction books are arranged by author’s surname.
  • Information books & staff resources are organised by Dewey Decimal Classification.
  • Careers information is organised by Careers Library Classification Index.

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Staff can book classes into the library in any of the 7 periods. They will have access to the various resources in the library as well as the laptops for learning purposes. Please book early as the library is popular.Book boxes can be made up, by the librarian in advance, for any subject who is doing project work or Added Value Unit in class. These are delivered to the classroom to compliment the resources within the classroom. Please indicate as early as possible for this service.Staff members also have their own library cards to check out stock from the main library resources and the staff CPD section.






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