The school library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today's information and knowledge-based society. The school library equips students with life-long learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens. (IFLA School Library Guidelines, 2015) 

The McAuley Library, named after Catherine McAuley is a central hub for learning in the school and provides a friendly and stimulating environment for learning, research and reading.

Our library staff aim to provide a positive and productive experience for all students and staff, from providing research assistance to access to collaborative learning spaces or quiet reading and study spaces.

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We provide:

  • Access to our physical collection via Oliver
  • A comprehensive website that provides 24/7 access to curated resource collections for individual subjects and assessment tasks via Oliver.
  • Wide-ranging physical collections that support the curriculum
  • An extensive fiction collection to encourage a lifelong love of reading
  • eBooks and audio books via the Overdrive platform
  • Access to a range of online databases
  • Digital videos via Clickview
  • Onsite access to the Sydney Morning Herald and the Financial Review
  • Advice on referencing, correct citation, avoiding plagiarism and research skills
  • Access to printing
  • We have a comprehensive parent library. Please contact Library staff if you would like to borrow one of these titles. 

Textbooks and Digital Resources

To reduce the financial burden on parents, SJPC provides students with textbooks and digital resources. In Years 7-11 English novels, a textbook for Maths and access to digital platforms is provided to each student. HSC students are given texts or digital access to a number of platforms for all their subjects (where a suitable text exists). However, they must purchase a copy of their English texts. It is expected that all textbooks are returned at the end of each year in a condition that reflects normal wear and tear. Students may be charged an appropriate fee if they are lost or returned in a damaged condition.

Return of texts

Students who leave the College in Year 7 – 11 are required to return all textbooks as part of the sign out procedure.

Year 12 students are expected to return texts for each subject on the day of the HSC exam. This allows the text to be immediately borrowed for a Year 11 student.

Lost textbooks

Textbooks remain the property of SJPC and those books lost or damaged must be replaced at a cost to parents. If a text is later found and returned a refund (less admin costs) will be given.

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Please note that opening and closing times can vary with pupil free days and other staff meetings or events.

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life"  (John 14:6)

St John Paul College, Coffs Harbour