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Harden Library

The Harden Library is named after Bishop John Mason Harden, a former headmaster and chaplain in the 1920s. The aim of the library is to promote reading for pleasure, to support the curriculum and to enable independent learning.

Information Literacy skills classes are held for pupils throughout the year. These include topics on promoting academic honesty and avoiding plagiarism; how to make the most of the library collection; and tips on searching for quality resources online. See below for Prep study hours.


Opening hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: Lunchtime and after school until 5.30pm
Wednesday: 2pm-4pm
Evening Prep: Mon-Fri: 7pm-9.10pm

Librarian: Joan Kelly B.A., HDipLIS

Twitter @TheHardenLib

Reading for Pleasure

We have a broad range of reading material (in both digital and print formats) available in our library. We cater for both students and staff, who have a wide choice of fiction and non-fiction, periodicals and newspapers. The lists below are compiled from our book clubs and pupil recommendations and also contain popular titles. Endless studies have shown the benefits of reading for pleasure.  No one can force anyone else to do it but it is our aim to expose our young readers to great material in the hope that when the right book comes their way, they will be hooked!  When that happens, it is a gateway to boundless pleasure for life. 

The Leaving Certificate prescribed and comparative lists are also included below.

Recommended Reading List by Form

Form 1 2019_2020.pdf

Form 2 and 3 2019_2020.pdf

Form 4 2019_2020.pdf

Form 5 2019_2020.pdf

LC 2020.pdf

LC 2021 Sorted.pdf

LC English 2022.pdf

Great Reads Awards

This is an initative by the School Library Association of Ireland, which recognises first-time authors of young adult fiction. Click here for Great Reads Awards photos and video, and find out more about voting for the Great Reads Awards. 

Results of Parent Reading Profille Survey March 2020