We welcome all students to the LRC

The LRC aims to support the whole school as a learning resource centre to
promote and support teaching, learning and student progress at JCoSS. All students are welcome to come to the LRC to study, complete homework, read or borrow resources.

LRC Online Library – Accessit

We have a new online Library for students and staff.  Access it here

You can browse the Library as a Guest or go to login and select ‘Click here to login with your JCoSS email’ then use your JCoSS email address and password to enter your account.

eBook and Audiobook Library

We now have free eBooks and audiobooks available.  Log in with your school email address.

LRC Staff
We have three members of staff in the LRC, Mrs Rice, Librarian, Mrs Zneimer, Assistant and Mrs Pragai, Assistant.

Opening Times
Monday – Thursday: 8:15am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30 – 2:30pm

The LRC is open to all before school from 8:15 am; during the school day for Sixth Form private study and for classes; during lunch breaks to the whole school; after school for homework and quiet reading.

We have a large selection of appropriate resources which are located within a calm environment, close to the entrance to the school. Resources are selected based on the curriculum in close consultation with all the Faculties including both fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, DVDs, reference books, revision guides and text books. The LRC also has computers and a photocopier/printer for student use.

The LRC catalogue, which is a list of books we have in the LRC is called ‘Accessit’.

We encourage reading for pleasure and each student in year’s 7 – 9 attends an English lesson in the LRC once every two weeks to encourage and develop reading for pleasure. We have Reading Lists for all year groups and on different topics available in the LRC.

Reading Lists
Click here for Year 7 Reading List
Click here for Year 8 Reading List
Click here for Year 9 Reading List
Click here for Year 10 Reading List
Click here for Year 12 & 13 Reading List
Click here for LGBT+ Reading List
Click her for Black Lives Matter Reading List

LRC Membership
All students are automatically members of the LRC when they join JCoSS. Students may borrow up to two books at a time – or one book and one DVD.
Books may be borrowed for up to three weeks. DVDs can be borrowed for one week. Books may be renewed up to three times.
If an item is overdue for more than two weeks the student will receive a reminder to return the item or renew it immediately.
Lost items will be charged to the student who borrowed them, and they will receive a bill to cover the replacement value of the item. 

JSTOR Academic Journals
JSTOR is a digital library of academic articles and journals. Students and staff can access JSTOR via this link. Login details are available from your teacher or from LRC staff.

As part of our focus on reading, literacy and research skills we organise LRC events throughout the year. We take part in the Barnet Year 7 inter-schools Literature Quiz, Carnegie Shadowing and Read4Barnet, as well as organising author visits to the school. We take part in Bookbuzz, a national programme to give every year 7 student a book and have an annual Scholastic Book Fair once a year as well as second hand Book Sales.

We also encourage students to help out regularly in the LRC as Student Librarians or to volunteer as part of the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. We take part in this event by shadowing the shortlist and reading the nominated books. If you would like more information on the winner and shortlist, please visit the website:

‘Read4Barnet’ is a Conference held annually at different Barnet schools where students meet authors and listen to author talks. In preparation for the event students read the books which will be discussed. Last year the Conference was held at Wren Academy. To see the list of books go to

Expectations of behaviour
Students are expected to:

  • Respect the LRC as a place for quiet reading and study.
  • Remember that eating and drinking are not allowed in the LRC.
  • Always ensure that resources are ‘issued’ to them before taking them out of the LRC.

Special Occasion Books
If you would like to donate a book to the LRC to commemorate your child’s birthday, bar/batmitzvah, or any other occasion, we have a wish list on Amazon. To access the list follow the link

Select the book you would like to buy and note the student’s name and the occasion of the gift to enable us to put a commemorative plaque in the donated book.

Please check the address the book will be delivered to is our school address: Librarian, JCoSS LRC, Castlewood Road, New Barnet EN4 9GE

We are very grateful for all books donated.  

Link to Barnet 24/7 Reference Library
All residents and students who study in the London Borough of Barnet are entitled to join Barnet Libraries and access the 24/7 Reference Library. This includes major encyclopaedias, reference books and newspapers free of charge which are accessed using your Barnet library card. For example, Grove Music Online, Britannica Online, The Times Online.

The online Reference Library may be accessed through their website, . Once on the website, select the desired link and enter your 14 digit Barnet Library card number.