Chilton's Nesta Mason Memorial Library was relocated from the FitzGerald building into a new purpose built facility – Greenwood in 2010. The new location puts the centre of learning at the physical centre of the School.

Boasting a sound-insulated computer laboratory that is bookable by the full spectrum of year levels and subjects across the Junior and Secondary Schools, the library is a popular resource among students and staff alike.

The library is open from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm weekdays, and the library intranet with online catalogue is available at any time remotely via

Search the catalogue for books, ebooks, DVDs, audio books, periodical articles, websites, and Clickview videos. A junior version of the catalogue, Orbit, searches only items held in the junior library. The library homepage has links to the authoritative EPIC databases, Index New Zealand, useful encyclopaedias, the eBook platform, and Clickview online, as well as new book reviews, author reviews, reading blogs, and book lists for various year groups and subject levels.

In addition to providing a wide selection of reading materials and resources, our Librarian organises a diverse co-curricular programme. This includes training Student Librarians from Year 8 to Year 13, running a Primary School Book Challenge, and organising Book Clubs for students in Years 7-10 and Years 11-13.

Library Week

Each year we organise a fun-filled Library Week for students. The theme of Library Week 2016 was Shakespeare fun and included a right royal range of Elizabethan activities, such as a Shakespeare style mufti day, learning a Renaissance dance, a Poetry Competition, a cushion concert of Elizabethan music, calligraphy, quizzes, and a treasure hunt for Shakespearean characters hidden in the library.


Lunch activities

The library provides the venue for primary school lunchtime activities such as colouring-in days and origami sessions. On 13 September we joined schools and libraries around the world to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with quizzes, puzzles, and art activities.



Students can borrow eBooks through the Wheelers eBook portal. To get eBooks use the link on the Library homepage or go to  Or you can download the ePlatform app to your device: search for ePlatform on the App Store, find Chilton Saint James School, and log in using your usual school log in and password. Browse the books on the site and borrow a book.


Students can view a range of educational and general interest online videos through Clickview. Go to the Clickview link on the Library homepage, or log in remotely at, or by downloading the Clickview app.

Homework Help

AnyQuestions: This is a free online reference service for New Zealand school students. It is available Monday to Friday, 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm, and is staffed by skilled librarians from around New Zealand. The aim of this service is not to give the students the answer, but rather to teach them valuable information literacy skills so they can find the information for themselves.

ManyAnswers: This free online service is available 24 hours of the day. It lists answers to the most popular questions from ManyQuestions,  in both English and te reo Maori.


Parent Resources

Parents are welcome to borrow from the library’s parents’ section. Sponsored by the Parents’ Association, this section contains books on topics ranging from raising toddlers and young children (both girls and boys), to teenage issues and how to have successful relationships with your teenager. All are great reading and highly recommended.

You can find more information on how to encourage reading at home on this National Library blog: