La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School



Welcome to La Retraite School Library Online

The Library enables access to an excellent collection of books, audio-books, DVDs, and music CDs, as well as an online library, with books and subscriptions including Britannica Online, which provides relevant and trustworthy information, VLE books with more than 300 electronic books and Wheelers e-platform with more than 2000 audio and e-books, and Issues Online which gives access to hundreds of high-quality articles from a variety of different sources.

To find out more about our full range of online resources, please select from the sections below.

La Retraite Library OPAC

La Retraite LibraryCheck our new La Retraite Library OPAC. It is a fantastic new online resource designed to engage students, parents, teachers, and librarians in reading for pleasure. The new system uses the very latest technologies to really capture the imagination of students, linking real and virtual reading experiences to drive up literacy standards and develop core reading skills.

You can access this site from school and home. It allows you to search the catalogue and reserve books, to write or film reviews. You can also create your own reading lists and bibliographies and see the latest library news.

Search for the book you want to read, reserve it and email Mrs Fernandez, Librarian, at who will deliver the books to you as soon as possible.

To access your web app, please click here.

Britannica School Online 

Britannica School Online is a safe, up-to-date and age-appropriate information resource for Middle and High School. It is an interactive learning resource for students and teachers. With extensive, up-to-date information sources, it’s specially designed for differentiated instruction, allowing students to move easily to get information at a higher or lower reading level as needed. Unlike many Web-based products, it’s made to display well on any device, be it PC, tablet or smartphone

Discover encyclopaedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.

Britannica School can help you to:

  • Find fast answers and homework help;
  • Explore videos and articles on famous people and places
  • Discover maps, photos, and illustrations for school projects;
  • View content of all of these at 3 levels: Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced.

The content of Britannica School is reliable, age-appropriate, updated continuously and closely correlated to all curriculum standards, including the Common Core State Standards, for which it provides a multitude of suitable texts in all subjects. The product has won several other major awards, including the Golden Lamp and the Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of American Publishers.

To use Britannica School, please click here and use the ID: Library.

Britannica Image Quest

Access Millions of Images from the World’s Best Image Libraries!

Britannica ImageQuest brings lesson plans, assignments, and projects to life with over three million images from 60 leading collections…and growing! The Bridgeman Art Gallery, Getty Images, Ingram Publishing, the National Geographic Society, and other trusted image sources have joined with Britannica to provide the best and broadest offering of curriculum-relevant imagery and clip art materials (infographics, signs and symbols, graphic concepts, and cool vector illustrations), all rights-cleared for educational, non-commercial use. Also available in French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Welsh!

To access Britannica Image Quest, please click here and use ID: Library.

VLE Books Online Library

We are delighted to announce the launch of the VLe Platform with lots of E-Books for you to read and enjoy. Malorie Blackman and Jacqueline Wilson are just some of the authors you can find on it. 

The Platform is already running and you can read the Electronic books online, download to your own device, or save it for later. If you have any difficulties, please click here to visit the VLE's 'Help' menu.

If you want to start reading e-books go to, register with your school log-in and use the password: Library17. You can change your password once you are logged into your account. Enter 'laretraite' (one word) in the box where they ask for ID Organisation.

You also can download the free App available from App store or Google play to keep the book on your devices and read them offline. It is also available for Kindle by getting the free application Blue-fire Reader in the Kindle store.

After you download the app, in order to read books offline, you will have to create an Adobe ID - - and use the same login details on all of  your devices, laptop, smartphone, and tablet. And then you can have the same book you want to read in all of them.

Always ask in the library if you can’t make it work!

To visit the VLE platform, please click here.

Issues Online

Issues Online gives users 24/7 access to thousands of articles on contemporary social issues - ideal for both students and teachers. Students can research their topic of choice quickly and easily, with quality material on hand.


Issues Online has a variety of features including:

  • Fully searchable database;
  • Key facts, statistics and assignment suggestions;
  • Multimedia resources and video;
  • Links for further research;
  • e-book versions of the latest titles from the Issues series, including:
    • Social Media
    • Death and Bereavement
    • Child Labour & Exploitation
    • Alternative Healing
    • Sport in our Society
    • Diet and Nutrition

To visit Issues Online, please click here and use the log-in details below.

Login: LaRetraite

Password: 19166

Student BMJ

The library now is subscribing to Student BMJ Print + Online Resource. Printed issues are moving from monthly to termly, in-line with the academic year.

Many students aspire to become young medical professionals but lack the information, resources, and confidence to do so. Student BMJ is the go-to resource for many young academics looking to apply to medical school.

Written by medical students and experts, this service can provide aspiring medical professionals from your school with:

Getting into to medical school can be both daunting and competitive, Student BMJ supports students every step of the way, from applying to medical school, to qualification and the transition to junior doctor. We have the solution to ensure talented individuals stand out from the crowd.

To visit the Student BMJ Print + Online Resource, please click here.

Connell Guides

Written by leading academics, Connell Guides gives teachers of A-Level English Literature and the International Baccalaureate a unique and growing series of printed and online study guides for classic and contemporary literature that will not only get students engaged but also achieving top grades.

For teachers, it gives them access to a resource that saves them time in planning and lesson delivery, as well as encouraging reading for pleasure and a love of literature.

To access their online materials, please click here and use the log-in details below.

Username: La Retraite          Password: password123

Financial Times

The school now has free online access to the Financial Times for staff and Sixth Form students.

The Financial Times is one of the world's leading news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity, and accuracy. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news, and services for the global business community.

By registering, the staff and students between ages 16-19 will gain access to tools such as MyFT and Topic notifications that are relevant to your curriculum. When you sign up and create your own account, you will start receiving the Secondary Schools Newsletter.

To sign up, please click here.