The Library

There is an extensive range of facilities and services available in the Library, including:

Library Computer Suite
Fiction Books Word Processing
Non-Fiction & Reference Database
Magazines Desk Top Publishing
Audio Tapes Numerous CD Roms
TV and Video Internet
Careers library Revision Packages
Quiet Reading Area

Opening Hours

The Library is open to students between the following hours:

  • Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm

Homework Club is open Monday-Thursday from 3.10-4.00pm in the Library.

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Patron of Reading

We are extremely pleased to announce that the author Steve Bowkett is the Patron of Reading for Huxlow Science College. He works with staff in the Library to promote reading for pleasure across the school with initiatives such as book quizzes, book recommendations, discussions, plays, poetry bashes, blogs and library visits. Read more


Small competitions for students are held regularly in the Library to help their learning and to help them enjoy the facilities by finding new areas and books. Our students love to challenge the staff and our big annual competitions are very popular, including:

  • The Battle of the Books - An annual competition involving a team of staff versus a team of students. Often several staff teams are required in order to take on the number of students who wish to play.
  • The Chase - Played in the same way as the TV game show with teachers acting as Chasers. This year ten teams of students played.
  • Read for my School - Primary schools and students in Years 7-8 can enter this inter-school challenge run by Book Trust. The challenge is to read as many books as possible in a given period. This year Huxlow students read an impressive 884 books between them, making Huxlow Science College as successful as any participating school in the East Midlands. The form within the College who read the highest number of books are awarded an engraved trophy and prizes are also awarded by Book Trust.
  • The Secret Spelling Bee - Year 7 students are given a secret spelling challenge with the words all selected by our Patron of Reading, Steve Bowkett. Each correct answer wins a point and the form who achieves the most points wins an engraved trophy and a signed letter of congratulations from Steve. Steve's involvement in this is greatly appreciated and it is great fun for the students to work alongside an author.
  • The Key Stage 3 Book Challenge - An inter-form challenge where teams of four students from every Year 7-8 form go head-to-head to see who has the most book knowledge, with lots of book prizes available.


Display boards are created by the students to be in keeping with the theme of event days or on subjects of their choice. We have created war time boards, musical boards which matched with the game Musical Mastermind, the decades of the 1900s, Victorian boards and European country boards. This encourages students to be inventive and creative.

We often receive students' work and also artefacts which are turned into additional displays.

Student Librarians

A team of Student Librarians look after a section each within the Library. They are responsible for shelving their books, checking for needed repair and they also encourage class mates to return books on time.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Library is popular at lunchtime with board games, jigsaws, audio tapes and CDs which are available for students to use. Competitions are held regularly to encourage student participation; these are well supported by teaching staff.

The College also runs a Chess Club, which is hosted by the Library every lunchtime. A Chess Tournament is held twice each year.

Homework Club is open Monday-Thursday from 3.10-4.00pm in the Library.

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Huxlow Library Database

To search our Library's database, please open the link using Internet Explorer.

Huxlow Library Database
  • You do not need a log-in to search
  • Just enter a title, author, keyword, genre or other term in the search box
  • On the right hand side you can print a list of relevant resources
  • A globe indicates a website
  • For books, the 'Details' section shows the 'Class' (Dewey number) which shows where it can be found in the Library
  • For books, the green circle shows the number of available copies.

“The Chronicles” creative writing collection published

The “Ink Links” is a joint writing project between Irthlingborough Nursery and Infant School, Irthlingborough Junior School and Huxlow Science College. Following the phenomenal success of the original Ink Links several years ago who wrote, illustrated and published their own novel, ‘Reflection of Evil’, talented students from the three schools come together again regularly to work on their creative writing. The “Ink Links 2016” have been working hard to create “The Chronicles”, a collection of writings which can be downloaded below…. Enjoy!

"The Chronicles" by the Ink Links 2016
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Year 7’s phizz-whizzingly inspirational visit to the Roald Dahl Museum

Year 7 students had a “phizz-whizzingly inspirational visit” to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre to support their recent work in English. “It was fun to see how Roald Dahl imagined up all his stories and how he took inspiration from everything around him” said Louis (Year 7) ......Read more

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LitKits: celebrating excellent progress in community literacy project

Huxlow Science College’s community initiative, “LitKits” was funded through a grant from the Northamptonshire County Council “Race to the Top” strategy. On Thursday 11th February 2016, a celebration event was held at Huxlow for all the young people who have been involved over the past six months......Read more

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