The Library aims to foster a love of reading, catering to all student’s tastes, from fact to fiction, monsters to mayhem, warlords and warriors, love and loss, aliens and angels, humour and horror, to slaves and swords and everything in between!

All resources are carefully selected, ensuring the collection is up-to-date with reading materials in book and electronic format, including a specialist Māori collection.

As well as being an invaluable multi-resourced facility supporting learning across the curriculum, we regularly hold extracurricular events and activities such as: Author Visits, Poetry Week (including lunchtime readings by students), Chess competition (including the Tairawhiti Secondary School’s tournament), LA activities (e.g. Scariest Two Sentence Horror Stories competition) and House meetings.

In our library we:

  • Have over 7500 books…check out our catalogue here
  • Get daily newspapers.
  • Have a large selection of popular magazines including V8X (automobiles), SLAM (basketball), Girlfriend, Tracks (surfing), More-Pork (hunting).
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest bestsellers and series.
  • Buy over 400 new books every year.
  • Issue out on average over 6750 books every year (approximately 2/3 are fiction).
  • Have Reader Reward Cards that work like a ‘coffee card’, where you read ten books then get a reward.
  • Supply custom made bookmarks.
  • Recognise the importance of reading to our student’s achievement. (Reading makes you smarter) As a result the library is well supported by staff and the school. It is not some building off to one side, it really is the hub of the school and proud of it!
  • In our library we know recreational reading is alive and well at Lytton!
  • Have a regular Library section in the newsletter.
  • Issue books to whanau – usually students come in with orders from family, but whānau are welcome to come and choose their own.
  • Issue books over every holiday including Christmas (students encouraged to stock up).
  • Provide hot drinks to Year 13s studying upstairs.
  • Hours: Open 8:30am to 4pm daily including lunchtimes and we have wi-fi.


The school library aims to be an invaluable resource to support learning in every curriculum area. The focus is to foster:

  • independent learning
  • personal reading
  • information literacy skills
  • critical-thinking
  • inquiry skills
  • ICT skills

The school library also has a major role in school-wide information management.