Not just a library, but a area popular with all year groups for reading, study and homework – it is also a learning environment where computers are booked by teachers for lessons.

Opening Hours

8.15am to 4pm Monday - Thursday

8.15 - 3.15pm Friday

The opening times are subject to change and may be restricted during certain times of the year.

The librarian is on duty to help with students with their reading selection, computers and printing, and for homework support.

Resources available to students include:

  • Colour and Black and white printer/photocopiers
  • 42 computers for student use
  • A selection of magazines and newspapers
  • Career books and leaflets
  • Fiction to suit all tastes and abilities, including MANGA, the Classics, prize winners, popular teenage series and Quick Reads
  • Printed information resources: books to borrow, encyclopaedias to photocopy
  • For the busy student, stationery and maths equipment for loan
  • DVDs to take home (£2 deposit)
  • Reference copies of textbooks and revision guides; use in the library or photocopy relevant sections

A team of student librarians run the library desk at break and lunch, rewarded each term with achievement points and an end of year treat to a bookshop, theatre or library.

Author visits are organised to other schools, and authors are also invited to Cheney School as part of the World Book Day events and celebration.

We hold regular charity book sales to support Book Aid International.


We are often asked if we accept donations of second hand books and DVDs. The answer to this is "it depends what it is". We have to be careful to make sure that books donated are ones that the students will actually want to read. If you have a book you want to donate, the best judge of whether it will be used is your own child, so ask them.  Below is a list of popular authors and titles that will always be well-received.  If you have DVDs you wish to pass on, it's best to email Mrs Fenton to check whether she already has them in her collection. With DVDs, they have to be in good condition, rated no more than 12 and preferably with a book tie-in.

See below for a suggestion of books:

Anything by Holly Bourne

  • Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Cherub series by Robert Muchamore
  • The Once series by Morris Gleitzman
  • The Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens
  • Anything by John Boyne (Boy in the Striped Pyjamas series)
  • Any teen romance books published in the past few years (we can’t catalogue these quickly enough!)
  • Recent biographies (bear in mind the target audience – footballers, boxers, you-tubers, celebrities that might appeal to teenagers)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – the most popular book in Cheney library!
  • Anything published in the past year or so – current stock – email Mrs Fenton if you’re not sure.