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At McGlashan we expect boys to read, read, read.   

The library is central to teaching and learning at the college. It is a place where boys are inspired to read widely and broaden their knowledge of the world around them. It is the learning hub of the school and the best place to read, study, collaborate, research and meet others. We strive to bring ‘the books to the boys’ by running reading events, competitions and quizzes and there is always something captivating on display to wow them. 

As a reflection of the special character of the College, the library provides facilities for pupils of all abilities and cultures, keeps pace with curriculum needs and trends in recreational reading for boys, and maintains a collection which is vibrant, enticing and progressive. We have the very latest books, magazines, DVD’s, audiobooks and e books – all perfect for boys.  The library staff are friendly, helpful and wildly enthusiastic about both books and literacy as the key to achievement.

At the heart of the learning philosophy of the library we strive to provide: 

  • a stimulating, dynamic and settled learning environment which caters for independent and collaborative study.
  • programmes which endorse school-wide literacy and develop independent readers with the skills necessary to navigate the library with confidence.


Library Programmes

Go McGlashan Read

Our annual sponsored reading programme promotes recreational reading and reinforces the fact that reading is highly valued at McGlashan. Competitions such as Choccywoccydoodah are hugely popular and are open to every boy in the school at all levels and involve much reading and even more chocolate!


The library provides ‘Summer Holiday Reading Mystery Packs’ for boys so that they can maintain their reading mileages over the summer. SHRIMP packs are extremely popular, contain about 30 books and are individually tailored to age, reading ability and interests. 

Peer Reading

Junior and senior boys read together in pairs and discuss their books with the aim of creating a shared enthusiasm for reading.

Reading Café

Boys bring their lunch to the library classroom and can read a book or make some new friends.

Student Librarians

Students gain their librarians’ badges by developing library skills and passing knowledge on to other library users. Student Librarians are part of the library team creating a better learning environment for all library users.

Sustained Silent Reading

The library sustains and supports SSR where boys and staff read for pleasure EVERY day as part of the college’s push to promote reading as a lifelong habit.

Here is a taste of what the boys say …

“Really good books JUST for boys.”
“You get to sit on the bean bags while you read – they’re really comfy. It’s heaven.”
“There’s a book on everything from Adolf Hitler to puberty.” 
“You can search for a book on the computer. You can get out DVDs, and you can find a book on almost any topic.”
“Our library is like any other library except that the books are actually interesting!” 

Pam Garry
Library Manager

These 10 books have been the most popular at McGlashan so far this year.

Ask your son which of these books he's read.

Posted: Sunday May 19, 2019

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

As part of the Secondary Schools' programme for DWARF, we will be taking a large group of McGlashan students to hear celebrated authors Markus Zusak and John Boyne. Make sure you don't miss these other fantastic childrens authors and illustrators at the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival from 9-12 May. Heres a wee taste:

Posted: Sunday March 31, 2019

Library ready to rock and roll for 2019

The library issued nearly 2000 books for its summer reading programme ... but now we need them back please.

Posted: Thursday February 7, 2019

Looking for Lost Library Books

By the time you receive an account for a lost library book, your son will have already received up to six reminders.

Posted: Tuesday November 27, 2018