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Welcome to the HDHS Library

Opening Hours:
The library can be accessed by students to loan out books during the following times Monday to Friday:
8:33- 8:55
10:10- 10:40
12:40- 1:10

The HDHS school library contributes to educational attainment and skills for life by providing a welcoming and well-organised environment in which HDHS staff can teach, HDHS pupils can learn and reading for pleasure and purpose can be enjoyed by all. The HDHS Library in KZ is a vibrant hub that enhances and supports learning across the curriculum. It offers a welcoming environment for HDHS students who are looking for a place to read, relax and retreat momentarily from the rigours of the school day.

Our student librarians work closely with the HDHS team to promote a love of reading. They are trained to use the library systems and support with loaning out books, stocking shelves and keeping the library area presentable.

Access to HDHS E-Library

You can login and access over 1,500 titles, select an eBook and borrow it for free. All you have to do is follow this link: and use your login details(Your school Google Username and Password).

You can also download the ePlatform app through your Apple App Store, Google Play for android or Windows App Store to have access to our E-Library on iPad, Galaxy, Windows tablet or any other tablet/mobile device – without downloading any additional software.

If you need to contact a staff member about the E-Library, email:

Reading not only educates, but is relaxing and allows you to feed your imagination –
creating beautiful pictures from carefully chosen words.


Year 7 and 8 Book Buzz

At HDHS we really want to inspire a love of reading in our pupils. In order to help with this, all pupils in Year 7 and 8 have been signed up to the Book Buzz programme. This means you are going to receive a book of your choice from a selection of 17 titles. We hope that you will enjoy the process of choosing the book as well as the book itself. To browse these choices, please follow the links below:

Year 7 and 8 Book Buzz

Book Buzz 2021

Read Aloud Sources

Read Aloud is simply an opportunity to hear expert readers and authors read a selection of books. Click on the link below to choose your Read Aloud:

Read Aloud Sources

HDHS Library Newsletters

The HDHS Library Newsletter provides reading recommendations and additional reading information for HDHS readers.

The HDHS Branch Out Initiative

This reading initiative is designed to challenge our outstanding readers to branch out from their reading comfort zone and read some challenging books from our classics section. 

Carnegie Awards Shadowing

Carnegie Awards Shadowing is held in the library with a book club from March to June.

HDHS Readathon

In addition to personal gains, we encourage HDHS students to take part in Readathon annually to use reading for pleasure to ‘give back’ and support charities that provide reading enjoyment for children in hospital.

HDHS Readathon Introduction

HDHS Library Spelling Bee

Our annual HDHS Spelling Bee is hosted in the summer term by our student librarians.Students compete in teams and individually.

Library Theme of the Month

Each month there is a new library theme of the month. This is where the library explores significant cultural, social and historical themes and guides our learners to develop their understanding and awareness of such themes.

“If to teach is to learn, then to learn is to question

HDHS Expected Reads

Yr 7 students with their Expected Read ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.’
What the students said:
Ruby – Year 7: “I loved receiving my own copy of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. I love History so I found the book interesting.”
Harry – Year 7: “I am reading the book to my younger brother and he loves it too.”
Phoebe – Year 8 “ Wonder is a fantastic story with an important message to be nicer to each other.”
Expected Read Badges:
Students and staff who can evidence reading the Expected Read for each year group will receive a badge to wear with pride.

Reading During School Closure