Stretton State College Libraries


The College has two campus Libraries, Gowan (P-6 ) and Illaweena (7-12). Each Library’s aim is to support our College community by providing access to both print and non-print materials in a service rich environment.

By using our Library database, OLIVER, all students have 24/7 access to curriculum relevant materials including books, ebooks, encyclopedias, videos and websites.

Our Library staff work to implement the vision of learning by creating a safe and supportive environment for all students, parents, teachers and the community.

eBook Library

Sora is a new reading app designed for students, it was designed to replace the Overdrive app our students had previously been using. Both apps will continue to work however the eResource Services team is now updating and curating new eBook collections in Sora, rather than OverDrive.  

The difference for our students is that Sora allows all books to be downloaded to the device, where as previously some could only be read online with an internet connection. Feedback from our students is that it is faster and easier to use.
To get started:
  • Install the Sora app on your device. 
  • Search for 'Education Queensland' and log in with your MIS ID. 

The new Sora App is free and can be downloaded at the following links: 

Illaweena Library

Illaweena library is home to a treasure trove of resources that are available to students 24/7. We specialise in providing quality resources, both in print and online, together with specifically selected databases. Our aim is to ensure that each and every student of Stretton State College is equipped with resources that are relevant, informative and of the highest standard.


Students are able to access our range of online databases using their personal devices at school or at home. Our databases include –

  • Stretton library catalogue (Oliver)
  • Britannica School
  • Cosmos Science Magazine
  • Gale Database
  • ClickView Online
  • Weblinks, and
  • Sora – Student Reading App

For more information, please see Library Staff. ​

The Illaweena library is open to students before school (from 8am), both first and second break, as well as after school on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for 'Homework Hour'.


For more information or enquiries, please contact Mrs Kapa (Teacher Librarian) on ​

Gowan Library

Our Gowan campus Library is open at lunch time for students to relax and enjoy activities such as: reading, chess, colouring, computers and board games.

Primary Library events:

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual statewide initiative that aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning. Students are to read a set amount of texts and have their efforts recognised through the receipt of a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Queensland.

Reader's c


Readers Cup is organised by the Qld Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia. It is a state wide competition for young readers. Teams of four to five students together read a set of books, and then compete with other teams to answer quiz questions from the books.

Book week

Each year the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time we celebrate Australian children's literature with book character pa- rades, costumes and amazing displays.

Book fair

Book Fair turns our Library into a book shop for the week and allows children to purchase a wide range of books.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustra- tor, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

Gowan Library Lending rules:


1 book from Picture Books

Year 1:

  1 book from Picture or Early Information books


2 books from Picture Books, Early Information or Fiction (Junior Fiction)

Year 3:

3 books from Picture Books, Early Information, Fiction (Junior Fiction) and Non-Fiction.

Year 4:

4 books from Picture Books, Early Information, Fiction (Junior Fiction and Middle Fiction) and Non-Fiction.

Year 5:

4 books from Fiction (Junior Fiction and Middle Fiction) and Non-Fiction.

Year 6:

4 books from Fiction (Junior Fiction and Middle Fiction) and Non-Fiction.

Last reviewed 25 August 2022
Last updated 25 August 2022