Here at Botany Downs Secondary College Library we strive to support literacy and the students learning across the curriculum for all levels by providing equitable access to information in all its forms. We regularly collaborate with teaching staff to help support student learning by running classes to teach guided inquiry and research skills.

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Open: Mon, Wed & Fri - 8am to 4pm
Tue & Thu - 8am to 4:30pm
Interval & Lunchtime


The library is a popular place to be before, during and after college with the busiest time being lunch time where it is usually standing room only with students using the library for a variety of reasons including reading, research, playing chess and socialising.

Library Staff

Rachel Crewe, Library Manager
Phone +64 9 273 2310 ext. 228 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julie Mahar, Textbook/Library Assistant  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Library resources both print and electronic are provided to meet the broad needs, interests and abilities of users of various ages and all cultural backgrounds, providing a wide variety of opportunities for all students. The library has a class set of HP Envy netbooks available for students to use for class work and study out of class times.

Library Catalogue

Our Library Catalogue (Oliver) is available online 24/7.  You don’t need to be logged in to search the library catalogue but you will need to login to reserve items and to save searches. Login: student id Password: opac (we suggest you change your password on the My Portal/Details page the first time you login)

E-Books Lending Platform

ePlatform-mobile-app-screenshots-smStudents and staff can borrow our growing collection of eBooks by either going directly to our ePlatform Website or downloading the app to your preferred device: iOS Apple devicesAndroid devicesWindows devices.

You will need to know your Oliver Login & Password to access our ebooks (please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you don’t know it).

Available on the App Store Android App on Google Play windows-logo Download for Kindle Fire only

Office 365

Library on Office 365 (need to login with your Office 365 details to view) containing useful online resources for students to use for research and referencing along with help in evaluating resources.

Social Media

We use social media and online resources to facilitate continuous learning and to engage students, teachers and the college community in order to keep you informed about the library, college events and activities, along with author and book news, reviews and much more. We encourage you to visit and engage with us using these resources.

Library Blog



Flicker (view photos)

YouTube (view videos)

Pinterest (get inspiration)