Alford Community Library
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Download our free app called Spydus Mobile which allows you to find a book, reserve, borrow or renew it, straight from your device. Search for ‘Spydus’ in the app store of your chosen platform.
A quick guide to our mobile app, available for Android and Apple devices How to use Aberdeenshire Libraries Mobile App – YouTube
Alford Community Library
School Librarian – Ewelina Bronk-Myszk
Senior Library Administrator – Moira Milne
Customer Assistants – Alison Webber, Lorraine Gahagan
Relief Customer Assistants – Louise Harper, Amanda Mollicone, Gillian Bisset, Judith Shakespeare
Library Opening hours to the public:
Tues 10.00am – 1.00pm (2.00pm – 5.00 pm Click and Collect only)
Wed 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Thur 1.00pm – 6.00pm (10.00am to 1.00pm Click and Collect only)
Sat 10.00am – 12pm
Library is open to the pupils by arrangement only at present
Being a Community Library means we are open to the public as well as serving the needs of the school population. This has great advantages in the range and turnover of resources which we are able to provide for our users. As the bulk of our stock is provided by Library HQ in Oldmeldrum we can supply reservations more effectively than would otherwise be the case in a dedicated School Library.
Joining the library is easy – just fill out a simple Registration card and provide proof of name and address (eg Driver’s Licence or Utility bill). This allows you to borrow up to 10 books (free of charge) and up to 10 non-books such as Dvds (with a hire charge). The loan period is 4 weeks unless there are reservations on the item. Items can be borrowed for longer by renewing, but there may be charges for overdue loans. All Teachers can benefit from having a Staff card which means they can have over 10 loans and there are no overdue charges. Please ask us to set one up for you.
Items can be renewed/reserved by accessing your account on the Aberdeenshire Libraries catalogue at the link below:
Aberdeenshire Libraries (spydus.co.uk)
You will need your Library Card number and the PIN (which library staff can give you). This will allow access both from the Public computers available in the library, or remotely via mobile phones and I-pads.
We also have an extensive digital offering where you can borrow books to read or listen to using our Libby app. Links below to access the digital library and how to use the Libby app. There are also a large range of magazines you can borrow using the Press Reader app – all free of charge!
The Digital Library – Live, Life Aberdeenshire (livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk)
How to Access e-Books and Audio e-Books from the Digital Library – YouTube
You can also borrow e-magazines and read newspapers digitally using the Press Reader app.
How to Access Free Online Newspapers and Magazines – YouTube
You can access a variety of Online resources on the Aberdeenshire Libraries site too e.g. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford English Dictionary, World Book Online, Ancestry and British Newspaper Archive. Staff are happy to help you using these services.
Online Information Databases – Live, Life Aberdeenshire (livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk)
Computers: The Library has 3 Curricular pcs from which pupils can access the internet and do their school work. We also have 4 Public computers for the public as well as WiFi access for laptops/I-pad access. Access to the public computers requires you to know your Library card and PIN number but the WIFI is very simple to access using the MyAberdeenshire network with no borrower details required.
Printing: The library now offers a print from device option using the Princh app and people can order and pay for their prints online.
Print From Home With Princh Printing – Live, Life Aberdeenshire (livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk)
Fiction – we hold a vast array of fiction books for all age groups. The library is split into the Junior Area, Young Adult and Adult sections.
Non-Fiction– all stock is arranged numerically by the Dewey Decimal system and Library staff will always be on hand to help pupils find material or with researching for subject topics.
Topic kits –can be obtained for teachers for termly use with classes, though they are primarily geared to primary level. We can easily obtain subject-specific collections of books for pupils’ needs, if sufficient notice is given.
Reference section– aside from the standard encyclopaedias ,dictionaries and other reference works available, the Library holds a collection of Local studies materials which may be of relevance to History departments.
Inter-Library loans For Senior pupils we can apply to our HQ for Inter Library loans or for other titles obtained from Aberdeen University Library.
We can give guidance to any pupils researching a particular topic: including use of the Subject index, locating books, doing a bibliography, advice for dissertations, using reference material, using online resources and so on.
A collection of Careers books and Prospectuses help pupils when deciding their future, although most prospectuses for further/higher education are now online.