Gildas Centre - Library
The College library was named the Gildas Centre in 2009 to honour the work of Brother Robert (Gildas) Goodwin who was principal from 1950-55 and from 1965-67. Br Gildas was a fine intellect who deeply valued reading for enjoyment as well as for scholarly research. And he established the first library at the College in the 1960s.
The library and nearby rooms have been extensively renovated to provide the College community with a welcoming and comfortable environment for reading, research and teaching. The building's unique architectural design sees it bathed in natural light and features views of the beautiful grounds and tropical aesthetics of the College.
The centre is made up of different areas with many and varied resources. It is a multi-faceted complex with quiet reading areas, a lecture theatrette, tutorial and seminar spaces and dedicated rooms for class, small group and individual study. It is a busy place, and a visitor could witness, in one short session, students studying intensely in one area, playing chess in another and debating or attending a foreign language tutorial elsewhere.
Three highly skilled and resourceful librarians are available in the Gildas Centre. All have extensive teaching experience in a variety of subjects offering students guidance, insight and resource assistance with assignments and technical questions, all in the pursuit of knowledge.
The Gildas Centre and the librarians are integral components of the school system. The visual aesthetics throughout the centre with its myriad of displays is a testament to the imagination and pride taken in creating a quiet, modern space for study or leisure.
Monday to Thursday: 7.30am to 4.45pm
Friday: 7.00am to 3.20pm
(Times may vary on college event days)
THE GILDAS CENTRE OFFERS A VAST ARRAY OF RESOURCES
The Gildas staff are constantly updating and managing the sophisticated Oliver catalogue and the audio-visual software Clickview as well as resourcing the fiction, non-fiction and magazine sections.
The Oliver contemporary catalogue system, offers a vast array of services from subject specific resource repositories and newspapers to professional Infobase databases with e-books and audiobooks available.
The Clickview video service complements the visual and flipped learning demands of students using Microsoft programs such as OneNote and Teams.
All resources can be borrowed through the Oliver library catalogue system.