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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.

You may search and browse the Online Library Catalogue (Dewey system). To borrow a book click the "Place Hold" option and login OR e-mail  If you do not know your login, please ask the librarian.  Click here for video tutorial on the OPAC.

The public library service has excellent e-resources:  e-Books in print and audio format, magazines etc.   Click here for the tutorial tour on their resources.  Anyone in Ireland can become a member, details are on their website: .  If you have any questions about accessing material, please let me know: .  


Opening hours - temporarily suspended.

Book Clubs will be online until school re-opens.  

Librarian: J M 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 2020_2021.pdf

Form 2-3Y 2020_2021.pdf

Form 4 2020-2021 

Form 4 M_Stapleton 2020_2021.pdf

Form 5 2020_2021.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


2020 Library News Bulletin and recommended reads

Library news Bulletins 2020:

Thank you to Gaisce student, Ahmad, for the tutorial videos. 



Trinity College Law Review Essay Competition

Deadline 27th January 2021