The Library

The School is fortunate to boast of a spectacular Library which affords users with a superb environment for scholarly endeavour and private reflection. Arranged across two floors of New School, the Library boasts holdings of over 16,000 volumes, including the extensive Chiswick Collection of texts relating to the Performing Arts and to the literary culture of the twentieth-century, and the Michael Good collection which focuses on Military History.

Readers benefit from the sense of space and light produced by the imaginative use of glass and books are displayed on bespoke bookshelves which replicate those used in the Old Patent Office on Chancery Lane. Pupils are able to interrogate the extensive Library Catalogue using Apple iPads.

The Library is open for all pupils until 5.30pm every day and its resources cover all parts of our curriculum. A specialist Librarian oversees our ever-growing stock and works closely with our pupils as they develop their approach to reading, both as an essential part of their formal education and as a source of pleasure and personal enrichment. In lessons, our teachers are careful to extol the virtues of reading and the Library is very well used. Our Heads of Faculty make constant recommendations for new acquisitions and so our collection is in a state of constant evolution.

Academic journal and periodicals

In addition to our books, we also maintain subscriptions to over thirty academic journals and periodicals such as The Economist, New Internationalist and New Scientist. Sixth Form pupils in particular make considerable use of them, not least in respect to their work on their Extended Project Qualification. An online subscription to JSTOR also means pupils have access to university level research content from its digital repository of publications across an extensive range of subject fields including Arts, Business and Economics, History, Humanities, Law, Medicine and Allied Health, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences. The Library is fortunate enough to hold a significant back catalogue of Private Eye magazine and this, combined with our excellent holdings in History and Politics, makes for a powerful resource for research into post-war Britain.

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