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Lion Library

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Welcome to the Lion Library in the 21st Century. Our resources are constantly being updated to meet our users’ requirements and changing requests.

The Lion Library, so named because its first collection came from North Sydney Technical High School which had a lion as its school emblem, is Killara High School’s library and resource centre. The original collection has been expanded to provide an outstanding research and resource facility catering for a 7-12 comprehensive high school community of approximately 1600 students and 120 staff. The Lion Library also provides advanced audio visual facilities, 33 student computers and 32 laptops providing printing access as well as intranet and internet access.

Senior Students

Senior students who have study periods are accommodated in the senior study area of the library and in other areas of the library if required. Students need to focus on their studies. Teachers can book (using EDVAL) their classes into three teaching spaces in the library for a whole lesson and students can borrow resources during class time with permission from their teacher.

Opening Hours

Our library is open for general access from 8.15am until 8.40am, at Recess B, lunchtime and briefly after school. On Tuesdays and Fridays the Library is open until 4.10pm for Year 12 students attending tutoring.


The library is fortunate to have an extensive collection of resources. Non-fiction items may be borrowed for one week and fiction items for two weeks. A large range of resources include a wide selection of magazines, DVDs, E-books and audio resources. Loans can be renewed (three times) if the resources are still required.


At Killara High School a short introductory course in library use and research skills is conducted for Year 7 and all new students by the teacher-librarian. Since these skills have relevance in some degree to all subject areas, they need to be continually applied and reinforced throughout the remainder of Years 7-10 in a cooperative effort by both the subject teacher and the teacher-librarian.

Year 11 students are given refresher courses to acquire more complex skills at the start of senior studies and undertaking new subjects. Any faculty teacher can request an information research lesson provided by the teacher-librarian tailored to their subject or assignment. This is especially applicable to students doing large research assignments. All students have home access to the library though their DEC student portal. Computer access passwords are provided by the library.

Study Centre for Senior Students

The senior study centre operates in the Lion Library as an initiative developed to assist us in enhancing the students’ learning environment.

To assist Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) students with their HSC studies, the school has organized for voluntary tutors from undergraduate programs at the University of Technology – Lindfield campus and Macquarie University. Because the nature of these students’ work at Killara is voluntary, tutors’ availability may vary through the program.

The study centre operates during school time in senior students’ private study sessions in the Lion Library, or alternatively after school on Tuesdays and/or Fridays from 3.10pm-4.10pm. One of our Teacher-Librarians, Ms Campbell, supervises these sessions.

Databases, Periodicals and E-Books

Online access to EBSCO – www.ebscohost.com

Periodicals On-Line : ebscohost – KHS students now have access to a huge database of academic journals, newspapers, pictures, and other information on all subject areas through EBSCOHOST. Great for senior students undertaking research and learning skills for tertiary studies.

E-books are also available through ebscohost which provides a range of classic fiction novels.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre:

It is a general reference database. Good for students conducting research across all subject areas.

  • Combines Australasian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books.
  • Contains leading Australian and New Zealand periodicals and international periodicals in full-text.
  • Also contains 80,000 full-text biographies and an Image Collection of over 450,000 photos, maps and flags.
  • Includes content from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and full text from leading Australian/New Zealand reference books.

Australia/New Zealand Points of View:

A database designed to support secondary school curriculums in Australia and New Zealand.

  •  Contains detailed information about 120 current and historical Australasian issues.
  • Each topic includes an overview, point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).
  • Provides 400 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political Spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV, news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books.

Literary Reference Centre

This database provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

  • Contains full-text for more than 31,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews
  • Nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism
  • More than 159,000 author biographies
  • 450 literary journals
  • 632,000 book reviews
  • More than 69,000 classic and contemporary poems
  • More than 18,000 classic and contemporary short stories
  • More than 5,600 author interviews
  • More than 8,200 classic texts

History Reference Centre

A full-text history database designed for secondary schools.

  • Contains full-text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopaedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.
  • Contains full-text for more than 150 leading history periodicals.
  • The database contains nearly 57,000 historical documents.
  • Includes 77,000 biographies of historical figures.
  • More than 113,000 historical photos and maps.
  • More than 80 hours of historical video.

Science Reference Centre

A comprehensive research database provides access to a multitude of full-text science-orientated content.

Contains full text from hundreds of science encyclopaedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Novel List

This database helps students with information about authors, titles and series with recommended reading lists.

Consumer Health Complete

Contains evidence-based reports, drug information, alternative health resources, images and diagrams plus videos and animations.

Other Student Databases

Expectations for use of the Library

In addition to the school’s Code of Conduct, students are expected to abide by the following library rules:

  1. Students are expected to be quiet while in the library.
  2. Students should not lend their student card.
  3. Food and drinks are not permitted in the library (this includes chewing gum).
  4. Students are to leave bags outside the library.

Students use their Student Identification Card to borrow items from the Library. If this card is lost a fee is payable for its replacement. Any items borrowed on a card are that student’s responsibility.


Students can return books by placing them in the chute provided inside the library. Loans can be extended by taking your borrowed items to the Librarians.

Copying/printing facilities

These facilities are available through the Lion Library.