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Reading Enrichment: Home

Reading Opens All Doors

The Journey

Forrest Library

Forrest Library Staff





Mrs Beth Geddes

Head of Library

Teacher Librarian





Ms Julie Roberts

Teacher Librarian


Ms Liz Lawless

Teacher Librarian




Mrs Kelly Clarke

Library Technician





Mr Lothar von Retzlaff  

Library Officer

SmartRider Card

Use your SmartRider to self- checkout.

Please let us know if your SmartRider is misplaced or lost preferably by email as we will place a hold on your Library  record. You may still borrow using your diary.

If it turns up or is replaced (Middle School Reception) we will reactivate your record.

Library Resources

Print Collections

  • Young Adult & Senior Fiction
  • Non Fiction Narrative (Biographies & Autobiographies)
  • Non Fiction
  • Picture Books
  • New Books Displays
  • Graphic Novels
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • ATAR papers

Digital Collections

  • ebooks & eAudiobooks (Overdrive)
  • Magazines
  • DVD's & CD's
  • Online Encyclopedias
  • Online Databases
  • ClickView (Educational Videos)

Forrest Library Catalogue Tour

The Forrest Catalogue

Cambridge Library e-membership


As part of a new initiative to encourage students to focus on their reading, Hale School has formed an e-membership partnership with Cambridge Library.

This partnership will allow students to access a huge variety of eResources including: ebooks, emagazines, eAudiobooks plus a variety of educational databases.

While the e-membership does not allow boys to have full membership (i.e. to borrow physical items from the Library), it is a step towards enhancing greater community engagement, with the prospect, of students becoming lifelong library users

To become a Cambridge Library e-member you need to complete a permission slip signed by your parents and return it to the Library staff.


Book Club is open to all secondary students who enjoy reading and want to share their reading experiences and interests with others, in a group situation.

Book Clubs meets every Tuesday at Recess.

All students are welcome to attend, bring your recess to the meet.

Lots of great activities organised to participate in include:

  • Special meet with the T2 Author in Residence
  • Dymocks Book Chats
  • Grand Fiction Quiz
  • Combined meet with St Mary's

The Light At The End Of The ROAD

Library Services & Facilities

Services & Facilities

  • Reader Advisory & Reference Enquiries
  • Printing (B&W & Colour)
  • Scanning / Photocopying (B&W)
  • Student Production Area  (Staplers, hole punch, guillotine, stationery)
  • Library Lost & Found Items
  • Resource Circulation
  • Self Checkout
  • Chess Sets
  • Makerspacer Kits
  • Lego


How many items can I borrow? Unlimited Fiction & 2 Non-Fiction items on a topic.

How long can I borrow an item for?   2 weeks.

Can I renew an item? Yes, (if it is not already reserved), at the Circulation desk or through your Oliver Login page.

Can I reserve an item?  Yes, at the Circulation desk or through your Oliver Login page.

Can I place an item on hold? Yes, an item can be held for 2 days, see the Library staff member at the Circulation desk.

Can I borrow magazines and newspapers? .These items are available to read in the Library only


Forrest Library Areas

  • Library 1 - Reading Enrichment classes and class bookings.
  • Group Room 2 - Small group area
  • Library 2 - Reading Enrichment and class bookings
  • Library 3 - Class bookings area
  • Library 5 -  Retreat Area

Self Check-Out

Floor Box Safety