The Library is situated in the newly renovated McArthur Hall building and is a major learning and research facility for all pupils and staff. As well as providing a substantial amount of reference material and a wide range of information sources for students and staff alike, the Library also offers a pleasant and relaxing environment for the school community to enjoy. 

The stunning architecture of the building helps create a studious atmosphere which encourages our pupils to use the facilities for their important school work and research. However, there are also soft seating areas which allow pupils to make the most of those enjoyable times they can spend in the Library reading for pleasure.

The Library is open from 8.30am each morning and can be used throughout the day by Sixth Form pupils during their Study Periods. It is available to other pupils before school begins, at Breaktime, at Lunchtime and after classes finish.

The following resources are available:

  • Fiction or Story Books
  • Non-Fiction or Information Books
  • Graphic Novels and Cartoon Books
  • Manga Books
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Internet
  • DVDs

There is an extensive collection of Fiction books. These range from “quick reads” and graphic novels for those who are looking for a lighter read to a selection of challenging classic and modern fiction to stretch the more accomplished readers.

The Fiction stock includes a wide range of genres - thrillers, crime novels, science fiction, fantasy, romances and general fiction - and many of these are suitable for our junior school readers. However, there are also more senior contemporary and classic novels which are regularly borrowed by older pupils and by teachers and support staff.

While most of the stock reflects the demands of the College’s curriculum, there are also books on many non-academic subjects which our pupils may enjoy. E.g. TV tie-ins, travel guides, biographies, sports books, cookery books, fashion and music books.

Library Activities during the school year include:

  • World Book Day Events
  • Author Visits
  • Competitions
  • Quizzes

The Librarian is helped by a team of about 25 Pupil Librarians. They operate the computer system, answer queries and help with Library administration at Break and Lunchtimes. Their Library work experience may be of use in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or for University applications.