Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East


Barbier Library 

Empowered to Learn; Inspired for Life



Marian School’s Barbier Library is located adjacent to the school office. 

Our new building was officially opened and blessed by Bishop Denis Browne and Sr Mary-Ellen, who was the last member of the Mission Sisters to have taught at Marian, on 25th February 2010.

Our Library is named Barbier Library in recognition of Euphrasie Barbier, Foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. Marian School aims to reflect her charisms of Communion – in community, Contemplation – in prayer, Mission – in activity.

It is an inviting area with a wide selection of both fiction and non-fiction books available for borrowing, using our computerised system, by all children, parents and staff in our school. Barbier Library is central to information gathering and love of literature, supplementing classroom programmes with a range of book and non-book resources to assist pupils and teachers across the curriculum.


Our Library Managers ensure that library runs effectively, providing a high quality selection of literature to hook children into books and reading Changing displays adds interest and vibrancy. 

Opening hours:
 The library is open from 8:30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Friday lunchtime is Chess for students Year 5-8. Intermediate student librarians are timetabled to assist at the issues desk between 8.30-8.55am and most lunchtimes 1.00-1.25pm.
 Parents are welcome to join our Library and enjoy the environment, especially during 8:30–9am and 2:30-3pm.
 All classes are timetabled to visit, research and issue books. Y5 & 6 student monitors are rostered to assist junior classes.  We are delighted to have Jubilee, the adjoining preschool, visit for story time each week.
Books are issued for 14 days and users are responsible for returning them by due date, as well as handling the books with care.  We reserve the right to charge replacement costs for lost books or damaged books.




The collection, managed using the Dewey Decimal Classification System and Accessit Library is of a healthy 10000+ and a daily newspaper.
Our Cultural Corner provides bilingual books and resources for parents of children who are English Language Learners.

There is a small, informative, parent section. Lunchtime activities include drawing, colouring activities, paper folding & origami, word puzzles, chess, card games, games, lego and visual/ audio stories.



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