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Forrest Library FAQ - Students: Home

Welcome. We love your curiosity

What do I need to borrow?

Your SmartRider is your Library card!

If you do not have your SmartRider on you, please use your student diary as ID and we will help you borrow items at the Issue Desk

What do you have?:

Take time to browse the catalogue and the drop down Library menu on the Portal. Please fill out a request form if you would like us to buy something you want in our Library. Copies of this form are available at the front issue desk.



Information books Encyclopaediae
Senior fiction LibGuides
Young adult fiction WebLinks
Picture books Databases 
Graphic novels eBooks
Magazines ClickView videos
Audiobooks Digital audiobooks 
DVDs NoveList Reader's Advisory 
Biographies Reference Generator

Use general search terms. You can also choose the option of "Search other sources" and Oliver will search through a variety of resources. Choosing the "Advanced search" will allow you to limit to specific formats or collections e.g. Non-fiction narrative. Both of these options are right next to the search box:

Where are the ebooks and digital audiobooks?

Who can I ask for help?

Mrs Geddes

Mrs Lawless



Mrs Roberts


Mrs Clarke


Mr von Retzlaff


What are some reading suggestions?

New items arrive regularly so make sure you visit us to browse the Recent Arrival shelves. 

Reader's advice:

NoveList, is our newest resource. It is the complete readers' advisory solution which is a reader's best book buddy. Do you find it difficult to find reading suggestions? Similar authors? Similar titles? This is the solution. For example:

Where can I see some reading suggestions?

How do I see what's new at Forrest Library?

Do you have online encyclopaediae?

Online encyclopaedias are great for flexible, concise and reliable topic overviews. Ready made citations are available which are a huge bonus for all those pesky citations you will have to provide.

  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
  • Size your font up or down
  • Ready-made citation


Access online encyclopaediae through the Hale Portal under Library:

What about online news and magazine articles?

Access these through the

Hale Portal—Library—Online Databases

Huge digital collections including:

Full text from reference books

Non-fiction books

Magazines & newspapers


Television and radio transcripts

Photographs and maps

Specialist collections include:

 Opposing Viewpoints Centre

Science Reference Centre

Literature Resource Centre

You can sort your results by publication, full text versions and even date. 

There is a list of online tutorials specific to the databases or ask Forrest Library staff to give you a quick overview. Advanced searches may help you refine your search terms further. You may also be able to download the content to access later as well as an audio version to share with your students. Most online databases will have the ability to filter and sort your searches e.g. by date, by document type, by full text etc.

Search EBSCOhost online database:

Research databases
Limit Your Results

Points of View Reference Centre:

Points of View Reference Centre:
  • presents multiple sides of an argument
  • aimed at helping students develop persuasive arguments
  • provides overviews of controversial issues

Tick the "Full Text" box if you need the full article and not just a brief summary.

Australian/NZ Points of View
Limit Your Results

One-stop Search:

Research databases
Limit Your Results
Google Web Search



Reference Generator

It is important for that you provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create citations. Hale uses the Harvard Referencing System. Feel free to visit the library and we can show you how.

Click here for a Hale School guide to referencing

What is Homework Club?

The Homework Club is for students in Years 7-9, only, in Library 1, Forrest Library.   At Homework Club, specialist Learning Support, English and Mathematics teaching staff are available to assist students with their homework, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 3.30pm to 5.00pm.  

Homework Club commences in

Week 2 of each term

Is there a Book Club?

When are you open?

What are LibGuides?

You are on one right now. Forrest Library has a collection of LibGuides that help promote suggested resources for assignments, reading and services. A LibGuide is often the best place to start so check them on the Portal - Library - LibGuides.

How much can I borrow?

As much as you can keep track of!

The only limit is 2 information books

on any one subject.

How do I use the self-check out?


  1. Make sure you have no overdue items (N.B. Remember you can renew once online if the item is not reserved for another reader or really overdue)
  2. Make sure no other student's books are close enough for you to touch
  3. Scan your SmartRider barcode
  4. Follow prompts on screen:
    • Pile books on hotspot
    • Watch for each title to pop up
    • Press receipt
  5. Save receipt as it is an handy bookmark and reminder of due date



How do I see what I have out?

What happens if I lose a book?

Cambridge Library eMembership:


Collect an application form from Forrest Library or print a copy. Return with parent permission and we will do the rest. Check out their digital resources here including ebooks, emagazines, digital audio and more.

Chess sets are available for use: