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Library

The James Ruse Library is the heart of the school. It is the main meeting place with an inviting, friendly atmosphere. The aim of the Library is to meet all school needs both academic and social, to extend and enrich life and learning.

Resources
  • Fiction:  particularly science fiction, fantasy, crime, classics, all popular best loved authors and their series and the best in current publications
  • Non-fiction:  alternative texts, extended, in depth reading for all curriculum areas chosen with the input of faculties and professional recommendations
  • Academic journals:  for the latest in authoritative information supporting all subjects
  • Leisure journals:  purchased with staff and student input
  • Internal resources:  files for senior English, senior Economics, senior Geography and Ancient History
  • Audio books:  plays, classic and popular novels
  • DVDs:  supporting the curriculum areas as well as leisure
  • Graphic novels:  Manga and the latest in quality publications
  • Picture books:  supporting Art and English curricula as well as leisure reading
  • Digital and video cameras:  for special occasions and project work
  • CD and cassette players
  • Senior study and seminar room: for private study or discussion groups
  • Careers office: with all up to date information available to be borrowed

Services
  • Book lists created
  • Sydney Morning Herald individual subscription
  • Data base subscriptions to be used for research at both school and home:
  • SAGE On-line
  • Magpies
  • Good reading
  • EBSCO Publishing - Australia/New Zealand Reference, History Reference, Science Reference, Literary Reference
  • Photocopying
  • Printing
  • Computers
  • Closed reserve for heavy demand books
  • Assignment trolleys
  • Assistance with research skills

Activities
  • Knit-Wits: the JR knitting club making squares which are made up into blankets for the Wrapped With Love organisation, and also making Trauma Teddies for the Red Cross
  • Ongoing jigsaw puzzles
  • Poetry and short story writing competitions
  • Premier's Reading Challenge
  • Competitions and guessing games associated with books