The Library at the Senior School occupies three attractive and connecting rooms on the first floor.
The Main Library houses the Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Classic Fiction collections. This area of the Library is used extensively throughout the day by GCSE girls for private study. As the largest of the three rooms, it also is used by whole class groups when the Librarian conducts library sessions, covering a range of key research skills, for projects and coursework assignments.
The bright and airy Library Annexe houses the History of Art, Literary Criticism, and Modern Foreign Language collections. Because A Level pupils use this area of the Library for private study, it is also referred to as the ‘Sixth Form Library’.
The Library Extension houses the Fiction collection as well as four desktop computers. Pupils may also borrow wireless laptops in the Library Extension. This area is favoured by girls in the Lower School and is especially busy during break and lunch.
A variety of extra-curricular activities are held in the Library during break and after lunch, including Remove Book Club, which meets once a week and enables pupils to explore a variety of genres. In the Summer term, girls in LIV, IV and V are invited to participate in the Carnegie and Greenaway Award Shadowing Scheme. Remove Book Club shadows the books nominated for the Greenaway Award, culminating in them reading the books to Junior School classes. Homework Club is held from 4:15 – 5:30 Monday to Thursday. Learning Support help is also available in the library at this time.
The library catalogue is the heart of the library and is promoted as the starting point for all research. There are two designated OPAC computers, one in the Main Library and one in the Library Extension; furthermore, the catalogue can be searched from any computer that has Internet access. Working closely with subject-area teachers, the Librarian has created reading lists by course and topic that can be easily accessed through the computerised catalogue. Resources include nearly 12,500 print books, 35 periodicals and a growing subject portal of internet resources with links to a number of online subscription services, including JSTOR, a database of academic journals.
Mrs E. Scott, Librarian MScLIS
Sig.na C. Podavitte, School Archivist and Assistant Librarian