Catholic Boys School Canberra, Quality boys education ACT

Kath Durie Library

Kath Durie Library

The Kath Durie Junior School Library caters for boys in Years 4, 5 and 6. The teacher-librarian maintains a vibrant and relevant collection with an excellent selection of fiction in many genera. The collection of non-fiction information books covering a wide range of academic and popular topics are regularly updated.

The library is staffed by a highly experienced teacher- librarian with extensive experience in school and research libraries.  The teacher-librarian works closely with the students encouraging them to explore the fun, enjoyment and appreciation of reading for pleasure. The comfortable and colourful layout of the library is a welcoming place where students can find a place to sit and read.  The teacher- librarian assists classes and individual students in their research tasks integrating digital and traditional research methods, and print and digital resources to facilitate an enriched learning and research outcome.


  • A great range of fiction books
  • Comics, Graphic Novels, Picture Books
  • A wide range of non-fiction books
  • Ebooks (KOBO), iPads
  • Quick Read collection
  • Promotion of new release fiction books including student written Book Reviews
  • Computer Laboratory and access to the Internet
  • Class set of laptops
  • Lego Robotics kits
  • Online Resources including Encyclopaedia Britannica,
  • Black and white, and colour photocopying and printing facilities

Opening Hours

Wednesday - Friday 8.20 am - 8.50 am (assignment work, research & quiet reading)

Lunchtime: days are set each year for lunchtime use, currently Wednesday - Friday (creative writing, scratch, google sketch up, mathletics, lightbot, code combat, kodu, assignment work, research & quiet reading)

Students will attend class lessons in the library once each week.

Students require permission from their teachers to use the computers during lunchtime opening times.

The Right Book for Me

Students are encouraged to develop their experience of reading for pleasure which in turn, enables them to become more confident readers. As books come in all sizes, have different literary qualities and relate to different types of stories and information, students are encouraged to borrow the ‘right book’ for their reading purpose.

Students borrow from the Library for personal reading, DEAR (silent reading in class) and to research assignments. Students can generally borrow a combination of fiction of non-fiction books. However in accordance with the Library curriculum the teacher-librarian may instruct students to borrow only from specific sections of the collection at specific times during a term.


The borrowing period is two weeks.

Students are encouraged to return books when they have finished reading them. Books can be returned during library lessons or whenever the library is open. Students who wish to continue reading a book beyond the two week borrowing period should speak to the teacher-librarian. Some books that are popular and heavily borrowed might be able to be put on reserve.

Students who have overdue loans and have not returned their book, or who have a large number of books on loan may have their borrowing rights suspended until all or most of the books are returned.

Library Bag

All students are asked to carry the library books in a library bag. This helps to protect the books, and CDs as they travel between school and home.

Digital Resources - Computer Labs and Laptops

Students in Years 4-6 are required to complete class assignments and develop skills in research. In addition to the class ICT lessons, the teacher librarian co-teaches with each classroom teacher in the areas of developing student’s appreciation of research and the efficient use of digital technology. These lessons are designed to improve the student’s information literacy and research skills using digital technology including:

  • Typing skills
  • File management
  • Guided research tasks
  • Website evaluation
  • Creating bibliographies and avoiding plagiarism
  • Cyber safety
  • The Information Literacy Process