The Library is situated in the McArthur Hall building. The stunning architecture of the building creates a studious atmosphere, encouraging our pupils to use the facilities for their important school work and research. There is a substantial amount of reference material and a wide range of information sources available for the whole school community.  There are also several soft seating areas. These offer a more relaxed environment were both pupils and staff can enjoy time spent reading for pleasure.

McArthur Library

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 through 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. Many of these are suitable for our junior school readers but there are also plenty of more senior novels which are regularly borrowed by older pupils, 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.