Library

The library service at Genazzano is made up of three separate facilities – the d’Houet Library, the All Hallows Reading Room and the Judith Elizabeth Paphazy Early Learning Resource Centre.

Trained and experienced staff maintain these beautiful spaces, curate outstanding collections and offer a range of learning opportunities for the college community.

As well as physical spaces, the library service has an online presence to support learning. This can be accessed via the Genazzano FCJ College Library Services site.

d'Houet Library

The d’Houet Library contains a series of welcoming and inviting spaces for study, wider reading and quiet recreational pursuits for students in Years 5-12. 

Collections

The d’Houet Library houses extensive collections to support learning and to enrich the reading opportunities of the Genazzano community. As well as extensive print collections of all kinds the library has a vibrant online presence that supports students in a variety of ways, links and documents to support particular areas of study and a range of online databases, including encyclopedias, newspapers and journals to extend student access to quality digital material.

Curriculum

Students from Years 5-10 participate in our vibrant and engaging reading program, ROAD (Reading Opens All Doors) and use the library spaces, collections and online environment regularly for inquiry projects and research.

Co-curricular

The d’Houet Library is home to a range of co-curricular activities including chess club, a number of book clubs, makerspaces, competitions and regular guest speakers as part of LitFest and Book Week celebrations. All of these activities make the d’Houet Library an active, welcoming environment that encourages a lifelong love of learning of all kinds.

Opening hours

To support Year 5-12 students, the d’Houet Library is open:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.00am-8.00pm
  • Friday, 8.00am-4.00pm

All Hallows Reading Room

At the Genazzano Year 9 campus, the library service maintains a large collection of fiction for the year nine students in a welcoming and comfortable reading room.  Our library website offers extensive online support to all areas of study including online databases and eBook and audio book collections. Students may request items from the main campus at any time.

Judith Elizabeth Paphazy Early Learning Resource Centre

Library services for all students from ELC to Year 4 are provided in the Judith Elizabeth Paphazy Early Learning Resource Centre, a large and airy room bathed in light and full of colour.

Print collections

The fiction and non-fiction collections comprise a wide and expanding range of titles in book and digital form that reflect different reading abilities and interests. Much like the d’Houet Library, our digital environment for the early years includes a range of age-appropriate online encyclopaedias, eBook and audio book collections, accessible anywhere, anytime.

Curriculum

ELC to Year 4 students attend weekly lessons, enjoying stories and experiencing research skills through games and planned learning activities.

Prep to Year 4 students use their classroom iPad in the library during inquiry, ICT and wider reading classes and this is supported by an additional collection of library iPads and a class-set of laptops that support the learning and teaching program. A program developing their ICT skills is incorporated into these active and engaging sessions.

The facilities of the d’Houet Library are also available to Early Years students, particularly as the students begin to transition to Middle Years.

Co-curricular

Each year, the Resource Centre presents visiting authors, illustrators and guest speakers and offers a changing, interactive series of activities in our open atrium space that provide opportunities for learning through play.

The Resource Centre is a versatile space and often hosts our Prep to Year 4 assemblies and events celebrating literature and learning of all kinds.

Opening hours

The Learning Resource Centre is open before and after school. It is also open during the second half of lunch, to ensure the students have full access to the facilities to enrich their learning, foster inquiry and facilitate cross age interaction.

The d'Houet Library assists students in developing research and information skills.

The Grange Hill Library is a place where students are made welcome and encouraged to visit often.