The main library is at the heart of the teaching area and offers both book and internet research facilities for independent study. It provides a quiet place for the enjoyment of reading and the large fiction section is updated on a weekly basis with newly published books. The stock includes titles suitable for those with special reading needs as well as CD’s, DVD’s and magazines.
The library is available at all times during the day, including morning, lunch and afternoon breaks. These are the perfect time to choose or change books, to browse or to ask the librarian for reading recommendations or help with study skills.
During lessons, classes visit the library to discuss and select books. This is generally followed by a period of silent reading under the supervision of their English teacher.
There is a Library committee which aims to meet twice each term. Visits to the King’s School Library on the St. Augustine’s site are arranged. The librarian also runs a weekly paperback bookshop and works with the Head of English to provide a programme of visits by novelists and poets such as Kevin Crossley-Holland, Meg Rosoff and Chris Bradford.
The St Nicholas Wing for Years 3 and 4 and the Pre-prep both have separate libraries with large collections of fiction and non-fiction appropriate to groups. In total there are over 14,000 print and non-print items.