Our Library is central to the daily operation of the school.

Footscray High School Library

Our Library is central to the daily operation of the school and offers vibrant, welcoming and engaging environments for students and staff to collaborate, read and study.

The Library’s vision is to nurture an ongoing love of reading in our community, to support the teaching and learning of the school curriculum, to celebrate diversity and creativity and to promote social justice. We accomplish this by providing a vast range of digital and print resources, hosting events and activities and offering professional support to help meet our community’s teaching, learning and recreational needs. Our staff are also dedicated to cultivating a sense of curiosity in students and encouraging them to be critical and creative thinkers. 

Footscray High School - Students Reading In Library

Opening hours for Barkly and Kinnear campuses are as follows:

Monday to Thursday: 8:30pm to 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Students are always welcome to use our library spaces during recess, lunch and before and after school.

Anywhere, Anytime Access

The library website and catalogue are available 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection. They host a variety of digital resources to support teaching, learning and recreational reading, as well as study and research tips and referencing advice. Students can search our library catalogue online to find books in any of our campuses, connect to reference databases, borrow eBooks and audiobooks, and more! 

Online Resources and Databases

FHS Library subscribes to a range of online resources and databases such as GALE In Context, World Book Online and EchoEducation, plus huge collections of eBooks and Audiobooks. 

Fiction Books

All of our libraries have an extensive print and digital collection comprising of classic and contemporary novels, quick reads, picture books and graphic novels suitable for a range of reading levels and interests. The loan period is one fortnight but books can be re-borrowed if necessary. 

Non-fiction and Reference Books

A comprehensive range of non-fiction books and ebooks on all subjects is available for fortnightly loan from each campus. Our reference books are only for use in the library and consist of various encyclopaedias, maps, dictionaries and thesauri covering all subjects.

Film and Video 

We subscribe to ClickView Online, a digital video streaming service, to support the curriculum. This allows teachers and students 24/7 access to educational content that has been custom made for schools and mapped to the Australian Curriculum as well as selected programs which have appeared on TV. We also have an extensive collection of TV programs, movies, documentaries and animations in DVD format.


Our library supplies the school with a wide variety of multimedia technology and professional support. We stock digital video and still cameras, tripods, microphones and much more…

Clubs and Activities

Our libraries host some great extracurricular activities such as Chess Club, Come Here And Say It poetry performances, CiNECiTY Film Club, Writers Festival Excursions and our school wide book club, Caught Read Handed.

Newspapers and Magazines

We have an educational subscription to online digital replicas of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Financial Review for all students. We also provide print copies of The Age, The Herald Sun and The Koori Mail. A wide collection of magazines are also available.