Students are able to use the library throughout the term and there are regular book fairs and meetings of the Library Council attended by students and masters to discuss the development of our library resources, such as book requests, newspapers and periodical publications, and reference material. There are also departmental libraries to support the work and resources of School Library. The library is also home to the Founders’ Room and the Archives, with a full-time archivist.
The School Library aims to do the following:
- Support the educational aims of the school by making the library central and integral to the independent learning processes within the school.
- Provide a service which will enable students to become more responsible for their own learning and prepare for university by helping them develop their research and study skills.
- Enrich students curricular experiences by providing appropriate resources. Knowledge of the curriculum enables staff to purchase relevant resources, and provide an environment that is conducive and will encourage divergent and reflective study.
- Provide an environment which encourages relaxation and private reading. Regularly changing displays and celebration of national book awards, presenting and highlighting new novels, literary works and latest developments, as well as personal recommendations, encourage pupils to read a varied range of material.
- Give students a sense of ‘ownership’ of their Library. Suggestions by students for resources are always welcomed. The Library Council meets regularly, with representation from studentds and staff.
- Arrange workshops and talks by writers and illustrators which will inspire, enthuse and entertain students.