Information Centre (IC)

The Information Centre is a bright, attractive area available to students before morning registration, during breaks and also for homework and recreation at the end of the day. It is fully staffed at all times so students always have the opportunity to ask for help and advice.
There are areas dedicated to Fiction, Non-Fiction, DVDs, Journals and Newspapers with a wide selection of titles and resources in each section. There are also specialist collections dedicated to Post 16 students and for younger users. The Information Centre also has study space for individual work as well as a fully equipped computer suite where students will be taught research and literacy skills.
The resources available are all recorded on our Catalogue – OLIVER – which is available in the Information Centre, throughout the Academy and at home via Connect. This is supplemented by online resources such as the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Oxford Reference Suite.

Our mission is to promote and support excellence in learning and teaching environment using Information and Communication Technologies.
We endeavor to provide and support the development of students and staff to achieve a high level of knowledge, understanding, skills and competences that will be employed in a wide range of professions and vocations. We ensure our staff are equipped to use the best ICT practices in their own area of teaching expertise.
We aim to keep abreast of developments in technology and research in education combining them into meaningful applications in the educational context.

IC Team

IC Facilities


Reprographics
There is a photocopier/printer/scanner situated in the IC which can be operated by your ID card. You can add credit to your card at the printing loaders located around college.
Charges for copying are as follows:
Black & White: A4 = 5p, A3 = 10p
Colour: A4 = 20p, A3 = 40p
Information Literacy
The IC offers lots of helpful advice and sessions to help you learn how to find and manage information.
Online Resources
The IC offers a plethora of web based information ranging from the latest journals to Oxford Reference and Britannica.
Computers
The computers can be booked by individual students during their designated break times or free study periods. Students will need their ID card to book a computer at the counter.
Study Spaces
Work stations are located near to the Journals collection and along the glass wall.
Catalogue Terminals
There are three catalogue points located around the Information Centre to enable staff and students to use the catalogue to search for sources within the IC or online resources.
Enquiry Desk
The purpose of the enquiry desk is to address any queries regarding the use of the library catalogue, online resources and finding items within the IC.

IC Information

 

Opening Hours

Monday-Thursday
8:00am – 4:30pm
Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm
Virtual Library
24/7 – 365 days a year

Borrowing Information

Students

  • 2 fiction books for 28 days each
  • 2 non-fiction books for 14 days each
  • 1 DVD/CD for 48 hours with a £1 deposit

Staff

  • 4 fiction books for 28 days each
  • 4 non-fiction books for 14 days each
  • 5 DVD/CD for 48 hours each
  • 25 books in a box loan

Policies

  • No food
  • Only water may be consumed
  • All students must use the bag racks
  • No mobile phone usage
  • No sitting on the floor
  • Do not move the furniture
  • No inappropriate use of furniture
  • Respect the resources

Information Literacy Skills


This section contains a comprehensive set of resources related to information literacy skills. Select from the list to find out more.

IC Resources

There are many resources available to help you in your studies.

Oliver

Oliver stores all the books available from the Information Centre with details for each and whether it is on loan or not.

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Encyclopedia Britannica

Britannica School includes Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Britannica ImageQuest

Britannica ImageQuest is a resource with over 3 million images available for you to use in your studies.

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Oxford Art Online
(Grove Art)

Encyclopedia of art. Includes Grove Art Online featuring articles, images and learning resources on every aspect of visual arts. Plus an art dictionary, aesthetics and western art.

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Oxford Music Online
(Grove Music)

Includes Grove Music Online – the leading online resource for music research, articles and biographies. Plus a music companion and dictionary covering all aspects.

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Oxford Reference

Online collection of in-depth, specialist content.

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Oxford Language Dictionaries

Online English dictionary with grammar, synonyms and translation tools.

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IB Resources

  • Past Papers (May and November exam session papers – including mark schemes)
  • Syllabuses (Information for all subjects across the 6 IB groups)
  • Extended Essay (50 examples of excellent extended essays from a range of subjects supplied by the IBO)
  • Theory of Knowledge (exemplar TOK essays and presentations supplied by the IBO)

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A-Z of Journals

View the selection of journals available either alphabetically or by subject. Includes links to their websites.

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