Beacon Hill Public School library is a vibrant, inviting learning space.

Our Library

Beacon Hill Public School library is a vibrant, inviting learning space. It is here that your child’s love of reading stories and learning can be nurtured through their choice of books during the weekly visit to the library. Our collection of books covers a range of popular and quality picture books for children from Kindergarten to Year 6. There are high interest short chapter books and longer novels for independent readers.  We enjoy a comprehensive collection of nonfiction books covering a broad range of topics and interests.  Children are welcome to suggest new books to purchase. We keep our collection current by adding new releases regularly.

Visiting the library and lessons

During lessons children can return, browse and borrow books. There is usually a story time and there may be an Information Literacy (IL) lesson. In IL, we look at how to find information from a variety of sources and also how to critically use it. Use of technology, including the interactive whiteboard, laptops, desktop computers and iPads are used to support this learning. IL lessons complement classroom activities.

We subscribe to the online encyclopedia, The children are taught to access this encyclopedia as a trusted online resource. As well as having information prepared by experts, there are also games, quizzes, video and plenty of interactive fun. This is not your traditional encyclopedia! Your children also have access to over 700 eBooks through Worldbookonline. Username and password information is available from the library or your child’s teacher.  Check the links for other online resources and tools for help with homework projects and high interest learning.


It is important for your children to take responsibility for the books they borrow but the following tips may help.

Remind your child to take their library books and bags on the correct day.

The children are welcome to change their library books immediately before or after school if they have forgotten on library day or need a quick change of their reading material.

Provide a library bag. Bags are available for purchase at the Uniform Shop. Refer to Useful Links on the homepage.  A bag bought commercially or a plastic bag in an emergency are suitable.

Help your child decide on a place at home to keep the library books and bag in between visits.  

There are no fines for overdue books. Parents will be asked to pay for any lost or badly damaged books. 

Opening times

The library is open during lunch times for children to visit. During this time the library is a busy hive of activity. Children engage in reading, drawing or using the computers.

Library monitor duties enable your children to develop leadership skills in a fun setting. Monitors are selected from interested Year 5 students. They are rostered to help one lunch time a week for two terms.

Book Week

Book Week in August is when we take the opportunity to celebrate Australian authors and illustrators with a focus on the Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted books. The children will engage in special events during this week. In the past we have been entertained with book parades, notable authors and illustrators, poetry extravaganzas and theatre productions.  The annual Book Fair is highly anticipated.

Parent helpers and library events

An easy way to get involved in our school is to help out at an event or take home some books to cover. Pop into the library or look out for a request in The Beacon for volunteers to cover books.

Volunteers are also called for during our Book Fair when the children are very excited to choose books for the school library or just for them. This is a special time when the whole family can really value reading!