Matthew Arlnold School


Welcome to MAS Library

Matthew Arnold School is a reading school and the the library plays a central role to supporting students with their reading. It is a bright, relaxed space which seeks to embed a love of reading in all those who come to the library. The library offers a welcome environment for students who are looking for a place to read or to work quietly.

 Students reading in library

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 attend the library for a library lesson every fortnight where they will have the opportunity to borrow and return books.

The library is open until 3.30pm for students to borrow and return books.

Please look for the book you would like on the library catalogue.

Click here for the library catalogue and then email the librarian to request your book.

We have a wide range of resources including Fiction and Non-Fiction books, a Sixth Form Library, Graphic novels, DVDs and 12 computers.


Student reading in libraryGeneral view of library

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a programme that all students in Years 7&8 follow. It is used to encourage and monitor students' reading and to develop a reading habit that will hopefully carry on as the student moves up the school.

Each student's reading is assessed using the Star Reading Test which establishes their Reading Range and directs them to read a book that suits their ability. Books in the school library are marked up with the appropriate level to enable students to be able to choose quickly.

After a student finishes a book, a reading practice quiz is taken.

You can access Accelerated Reader here.

Students can check the levels of their books by using AR Bookfinder.

 Pictures of Book spines on stairs

 Useful links

Carnegie Medal

Oxfordshire Book Awards

Young Adult Book Prize

Oxfordshire Libraries

National Literacy Trust

Books for Keeps

Fantastic Fiction