[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]High school pupils in Renfrewshire now have access to a new online learning tool.

Britannica schools, which gives pupils access to journals, e-books, encyclopaedia articles and educational videos, is now available to all secondary school students.

Pupils are able to access the website from any device, whether they are using a laptop, pc, tablet or phone. All they need is a username and password supplied by their school librarian.



Students can personalise their experience by creating their own research area as well as amending reading ages to suit.

The Britannica Schools is an expansion to the popular Britannica Online Libraries resource, which has been available in Renfrewshire Council’s libraries since 2001.

Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “We are ambitious for our children’s future and supporting them to achieve good grades in school is just one of the ways we are achieving this vision.

“Our secondary pupils have a strong track record of attaining good exam results as well as developing their knowledge and skills and we want to continue to improve this.

“Britannica Schools is a fantastic modern learning tool that can help our children expand on their education. It’s simple to use and easy to access no matter what device they use.”

“The advice is: get online and make use of this great resource.”

Parents and pupils can find out more at by clicking on the Britannica School link on the Children and Young People pages.

Renfrewshire residents can also benefit by accessing Britannica Online at all Renfrewshire Libraries.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

All change as libraries ‘stamp out stamping’

It’s the end of an era for Renfrewshire Libraries as they ‘stamped out stamping’ this week.

Library staff have begun to issue borrowers with receipts rather than ‘date stamp’ their books.

Renfrewshire Council’s Libraries Manager, Jenifer MacFarlane, explains: “Date-stamping equipment is messy and expensive to replace, and smudged dates on books are difficult to read – a receipt is so much more clean, swift and efficient.”

“One receipt can list all of the loans a person has at that time so it’s much easier to keep track.”

“We trialled this system in Lochwinnoch and it proved very popular, especially with parents – they want to keep track of library books their children have borrowed, which often sit stacked in with the ones they own!”

“All the library staff are looking forward to the switchover and it’s another sign of how the libraries service is modernising to match customer expectations.”

To help with the change, borrowers are being issued with free plastic wallets to hold membership cards and receipts.

Last year, adults borrowed over 420,000 books, CDs and DVDs from Renfrewshire Libraries with junior members taking out a further 120,000 items.

Crime fiction authors James Patterson and Lee Child were most popular with books on job-searching and interview techniques the most borrowed non-fiction titles.

Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s latest, Inferno, was hotly-anticipated here in Renfrewshire with the greatest number of reservations this year.

For more information about Renfrewshire Libraries, visit