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Libraries

The Hutchins School Library consists of three mini-school information resource centres – the Early Learning Centre Library, the Stephens Library for Junior and Middle Schools and the Senior School's Nettlefold Library situated on the first floor of the Library Learning Centre. There are also several departmental resource collections across the Early Learning Centre, Junior, Middle and Senior School and Marieville Esplanade campuses. 

The digital library collections for e-books are accessed through the dedicated OverDrive and Wheelers' e-platforms. The Library's main catalogue is OCLC's WorldShare. The Library's blog for teaching resources is Library2.0 and the Library's classroom learning and subject guides are LibGuides.

Our Mission

In supporting The Hutchins School’s vision to provide an inspirational education where each boy strives to achieve his personal best and is willing to serve his community as an informed and active citizen, locally, nationally and internationally, the mission of the Hutchins Libraries is to empower the students to become effective information users, confident readers and independent and creative lifelong learners.

The Libraries’ information services are central to the teaching and learning programs of the School. They provide up-to-date physical and virtual resources, operating online 24/7 to the Hutchins community through the WorldCat online catalogue, databases and LibGuides portal. OCLC's WorldShare Management Services is the library management system employed across all Libraries. 

The Library team are proactive in their partnership with classroom teachers and the IT specialists to ensure the integration of literature and a reading culture, information and rich media literacies, ICT and digital technologies to support all students in their research, learning and recreational reading.

F E Technologies' RFID (radio frequency identification) electronic tagging technology and self-checkout systems have been adopted in the Nettlefold and Stephens Libraries. All members of the Library Staff are highly qualified in varying aspects of Librarianship including Library & Information Studies, Information & Records Management, Teacher-Librarianship and Education.

Academic Integrity

The Hutchins School ensures that all students understand Academic Integrity. In-text referencing and end bibliographical skills are taught at Hutchins and all students have access to Turnitinand Ephorus software programs with an educative approach to avoiding plagiarism. Other resources used for Academic Integrity are the availability of ‘how to' pathfinder printed information sheets, access to online software and mobile applications for citing and creating references and the use of the TQA Academic Integrity Policy.

Nettlefold Library

The Nettlefold Library, named in honour of Mr Len Nettlefold, a distinguished Old Boy, is located in the Senior School and services all students throughout the School. The Nettlefold Library houses reference works, fiction, curriculum and online resources. Extensive computer facilities and information services enable student to research and access digital resources with smart technology systems.

Opening hours

Monday - Thursday: 8.10 am  - 5.00 pm
Friday: 8.10 am - 4.00 pm
(Closed for Recess on Mondays)

Staff contact details

  • Dr Jill Abell, Director of Information Services & ICT
    Ph. (03) 6221 4225
  • Katie Richardson, Librarian/Digital Records Management (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
    Ph. (03) 6221 4238
  • Catherine Duffett, Librarian/Digital Records Management (Monday, Tuesday)
    Ph. (03) 6221 4239
  • Leanne Weeks, Library Technician
    Ph. (03) 6221 4323
  • Anna Kirkland, Library Assistant
    Ph. (03) 6221 4281

Stephens Library

The Stephens Library is named in honour of a former Hutchins Headmaster. All Junior School and Middle School boys have at least one lesson each week in the Stephens Library. There is an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction resources and computers are available for Internet and other digital resources.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 0810 - 1600
(Closed Period 1 and Recess on Tuesdays)

Staff contact details

  • Kate Reid, Teacher-Librarian
    Ph. (03) 6221 4258
  • Susan Hall, Library Technician
    Ph. (03) 6221 4260
  • Leanne Weeks, Library Technician (Monday afternoon)
    Ph. (03) 6221 4260

Early Learning Centre (ELC) Library

The ELC Library is a small library located in the Early Learning Centre and focuses on the younger students in Kinder - Year 2. All students in the Early Learning Centre have at least one lesson per week in the Library.

Staff contact details

As for the Stephens Library

Hutchins Digital Library

Thanks to the OverDrive School Download Library service, the Hutchins Digital Library went live in July 2011. OverDrive’s service is an important part of the Library’s contribution to the School’s vision to be a “school of the future in using 21st century tools and e-learning strategies to engage and empower all students, staff and its wider community”. Research into the school library’s role with the rise of eBooks, eTexts, Audiobooks, eReaders, and other tools for personalised learning has been thorough. Internationally, OverDrive is a 24/7 service for whole school communities in which senior students, staff and parents have easy access to eBooks, ePubs, Audiobooks, video or music when their wide range of mobile devices are ready. In addition to the contribution to students’ learning and digital competence with the rich media literacies, it helps our students understand the digital rights management in the publishing, film and music industries. The Hutchins’ Wheelers eBook platform is promoted to all students in Kindergarten to Year 8. E-books from this platform are available by clicking on the Wheelers logo on Hutchins Central and may be downloaded to either a computer or mobile device. Instructions for installing the free software to use the digital books are contained in the "Getting Started" link on that site.

To learn more about how Hutchins provides opportunities for boys to become their best, we invite you to contact our Enrolments Assistant on 03 6221 4236 who will be delighted to assist you with your enquiry, provide you with further details or arrange a tour so that you may see our school in action. Read more…