The Library is staffed throughout the day and is open for research, independent work, borrowing, reading and group work.

All pupils in the Third Form attend a fortnight of research lessons in the Library, which currently focus on researching the lives of Old Oundelians who died in World War I. Classes on research skills and bibliography writing for extended essays and project-based work are offered to Sixth Form pupils. Outside of lessons, pupils enjoy library-based Vols and the Carnegie Shadowing challenge.

The Library is a popular and well used resource and space for quiet study and reading. Its collection comprises over 22,000 volumes and DVDs, daily newspapers, a wide selection of magazines, as well as a range of online resources for research, reading and learning.

The Dudley Heesom Room is equipped with computer projection for lessons and Society meetings, and the Peter Ling Room has seating for Sixth Form groups. With a wide selection of newspapers and magazines, this room also houses the display cases for the School's valuable collection of Greek pots and archaeological finds.

The Clive Jacques Rare Book Room contains the School's collection of rare books, including a 1541 Cranmer Bible, a 15th century book of hours and many 16th and 17th century books. Other collections of interest include an autographed manuscript and first editions by the Northamptonshire poet, John Clare, private press books and a growing archive of books by and about John Piper. We use many of our rare books to introduce pupils across the age range to the history of the early printed book, as sources that illustrate changing political and intellectual trends, and as opportunities for special study relevant to a variety of subjects.

Ms L Giurlando
Head Librarian