How the library is organised

The two main sections in any library are fiction and non-fiction.

Fiction consists of made up stories. Most of what you will read in the library will be fiction. For example all of John Green’s books are fiction, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars, and the Divergent series is fiction. Within fiction, we have different categories such as horror, science-fiction, fantasy, children’s fiction, young adult, thrillers, romance, and so on.

In Our Lady’s Library, the specific sections we have are Junior Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy/Horror/Science Fiction, Comics and Graphic Novels, Senior Fiction, Classics, and Non-fiction.

Junior Fiction is on your left when you come in the door, this is where you will find most of the fiction that is suitable for juniors; books by authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams, Gennifer Choldenko, Cathy Cassidy, Sophie McKenzie, and classics such as Charlotte’s Web, The Wizard of Oz and The Chronicles of Narnia.

On the other side of the Librarian’s desk we have the new books shelf, where all of the most recently published and most popular books for both junior and senior are kept. Then we have three bays dedicated to recommended reads, one fiction, one non-fiction, and one that changes from Halloween Horror, to Book Awards to Valentines Romance or Banned Books!

Next to that we have Comic Books and Graphic Novels where we have the Scott Pilgrim series, Batgirl, Ms. Marvel, and cute graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier called Sister, and Smile; as well as lots more!

The next few bays are Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction. The books in this section are a mixture of junior and senior, and most are suitable for everyone. The most popular books in this section are The Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter, The Gone Series, Percy Jackson, The Chaos Walking Trilogy, as well as science fiction classics such as Nineteen Eighty-four, Brave New World, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and the Lord of the Rings. The Goosebumps series and the King of Horror, Stephen King are representing the Horror contingent!

Next is the Young Adult Section; here is where you will find books by John Green, as well as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Hate U Give, Everything, Everything, Asking For It, etc. Books in this section are ones that tend to fall between Adult fiction and Junior fiction age wise, so not all of them will be suitable for younger readers.

Next up is Senior Fiction. By and large most of these books will only be of interest to anyone from TY and up, but it’s not always the case. The librarian will always advise you whether or not a book is suitable when you go to check a book out. It is stocked with all of the most up to date, award-winning books and bestsellers as well as modern classics.

The Classics are situated beside Senior Fiction. The classics are books which have endured in popularity over many years because their stories and themes are universally enjoyed. Examples, to name but a few, are Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dracula by Bram Stoker and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

Each individual section within fiction (i.e. all of the ones listed above) are organised alphabetically by author’s surname. This makes it easy to find any particular book as each one will have an exact place in the library. So for example if someone is looking for Harry Potter, go to the Fantasy and Science Fiction section (because Harry Potter is fantasy) and look under ‘R’ for Rowling. Obviously the librarian is there to help and you are not expected to find things on your own!

Non-Fiction are books about real people, real events, and tend to be informative and factual. Some of the sections within non-fiction for example are History, Philosophy, Science, Religion, Art, Music, Biographies (biographies are stories about the lives of real people)

The non-fiction is organised by numbers on the spines of the books. This numbering system is called the Dewey Decimal System and it organises the books into very specific categories within the main ones. For example, science is subdivided into maths, astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, fossils and prehistoric life, biology, plants and zoology. Those subdivisions are also subdivided into even more specific topics and it can get quite complicated! This is why the librarian is there to help you, so just ask!

The non-fiction runs along the back wall of the library, starting with Religion and ending with Biographies.

The range of magazines are displayed in front of the librarian’s desk.

We also have audiobooks which you can get from the desk, just ask Ms Harte for more information

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