10 things you should know about the SLRC : Part 1


The SMC Library was renamed the SLRC in 2013.

The letters ‘SLRC’ stand for Sawle Literature and Research Centre, because our overarching goals are: (1) to provide the school community with great literature and (2) to assist you with your research needs. The Centre is dedicated to Sr Sheila Sawle, a former principal of Santa Maria College.


There are four Teacher Librarians (TLs) on the SLRC staff.

So what exactly is a TL and what do we do? TLs are qualified teachers who specialise in the areas of information literacy, research skills and literature. If you are having trouble finding information for an assignment, writing an essay or bibliography, or just want a recommendation for a great book to read, we’re here to help!

Meet the whole team by clicking on the ‘SLRC Staff’ tab on the Your SLRC page.


You can borrow more than just books from the SLRC.

The SLRC contains many types of material for you to borrow, inlcuding:

  • DVDs (located near the SLRC Cafe)
  • Magazines such as nature&health, Women’s Fitness, delicious., and Mad Magazine (located in the ‘Periodicals’ section outside M2.32)
  • Audiobooks of popular titles on CD including The Book Thief, Twilight and Shiver (plus many more)
  • Graphic novels, comics & manga (located at the end of the YA section)

You can request books for the SLRC to buy.

Is there a book you’d love to read, but you’re low on pocket money and can’t wait until your birthday? Never fear, the SLRC is here! Simply fill out the Request a Book form online, or fill in one of the paper slips on the counter of the SLRC. If we decide it’s suitable for our collection, we will contact you once it’s been purchased and is ready to borrow.

No books to request just yet? Check out the online reading communities listed under the ‘Stay Connected’ heading on our Extras for Booklovers page to keep up-to-date with the latest book releases and reviews.


You can reserve books using the SLRC Catalogue.

It’s super-easy to put your name on the waiting list for new and popular items that are continuously on loan. Take a look at this How to Reserve a Book PowerPoint presentation that provides easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

If there is something you would like to know about the SLRC please fill in the form on our Ask a Librarian page, or come and see us in person!

Stay tuned for Part Two of 10 things you should know about the SLRC – coming soon!