The Ethel Turner Memorial Library is named in honour of the novelist Ethel Turner, one of many famous 'Old Girls' of Sydney Girls High School. Ethel Turner's most popular novel, Seven Little Australians is well-known to and loved by many.
The Ethel Turner Memorial Library is located within the Margaret Varady Wing of the school. As a key centre for learning in the school, the Library is an important and vital provider of resources and services that support the informational, recreational and curriculum needs of staff and students at Sydney Girls High School.
Facilities provide areas for group discussions and computers for class learning. A quiet senior study area and individual or group, expandable spaces in seminar rooms facilitate the girls in self-directed, independent learning. The media room with interactive whiteboard and videoconferencing equipment accommodates small groups of staff and students. This provides a private environment for girls enrolled in Open High School courses to telephone tutors, or for individuals and groups to participate in videoconferences with others beyond the school. Casual, comfortable seating around the library encourages recreational reading. The significant school Archives, maintained by a visiting ‘Old Girl’ of the school, are also housed within the Library precincts.
Access to an extensive range of print and online local and international multimedia resources (some available from home) ensures that girls are able to engage in research and learning that equip them with essential information literacy skills for lifelong learning in the 21st Century. A broad range of fiction, including suggestions from the girls, supports the girls’ recreational reading and various programs within the curriculum. Girls are invited to participate in a subscription program that gives them access to their own daily newspaper.
A centralised printing/ photocopying system allows girls both to photocopy or to print to the library from anywhere in the school. This arrangement also incorporates scanning to the girls’ school accounts or email.