The Senior School Library is open throughout the School day, from 8.20am to 5.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays. On Fridays, it is open from 8.20am to 4.30pm.
The Library is a resource centre which supports all aspects of the girls' learning. It provides a lively and informal learning space for both curricular and co-curricular activities, but still creates a studious environment where girls can study and research for lessons, prepare homework or read a book. At lunchtime, we are home to Book Club, Latin Scrabble and craft and origami activities.
The varying needs of our students are supported through a diverse range of resources, including a book stock covering all areas of the curriculum, periodicals, newspapers and DVDs. The library also provides access to a wide range of academic websites, including JSTOR (a digital library of journals, books and primary sources) and Britannica Schools Encyclopaedia. We also provide access to an online lending library. There is a suite of laptops for use by classes or individuals. The Librarian also delivers lessons on how to conduct research, avoid plagiarism, produce bibliographies and search the Internet effectively.
The Library aims to support each pupil as an individual. There is a well-stocked fiction section, which is divided into areas suitable for younger and older readers and with a range of literary and more popular reading material to encourage the more reluctant reader and stretch the most able. Plenty of guidance is given to assist girls with making their reading choices. We provide author visits (occasionally by high-profile authors such as Malorie Blackman, previous Children's Laureate) to promote the enjoyment of reading and to introduce a range of genres to the pupils.
Junior School and Little Saints also have their own Libraries. The Junior School Library is open Monday to Friday lunchtimes for borrowing and returning books and provides access throughout the day for girls to research or participate in a library lesson. Now in its new home in the Discovery Centre in the newly-built Junior School it provides a bright and vibrant area for leisure and learning. Both Gables and Little Gables have their own Libraries and Little Saints pupils regularly go to the Library with their teachers to exchange their books. The Libraries are primarily stocked with a variety of picture books and other fiction to encourage beginners to read, but there is also some simpler non-fiction to support the curriculum.