The New Beacon Library in the main school caters essentially for the boys in years 5-8, however classes from the Junior School visit the area to undertake research projects and to familiarise themselves with what will become for them an important part of their learning environment.
There is a smaller library in the Junior School which is currently being redeveloped.
The main school library provides a positive, relaxed and welcoming space, where boys are encouraged to read for pleasure, augment their knowledge of their curriculum subjects, explore both existing and new interests and develop an awareness of topical issues.
The fiction section is very well stocked as are the non-fiction and reference sections. New books are regularly added to the library and boys’ recommendations and requests are carefully considered when books are purchased. Each term, boys receive information on additions to the library so as to encourage them to make optimum use of what is a very valuable resource. There is also available an excellent supply of magazines, newspapers and CDs.
The librarian organises a two-day book fair in the Autumn Term and an author visit in the Spring Term.
There is a team of volunteer pupil librarians which assists in shelving, sorting and tidying the library. Also as avid readers, they are on hand to answer queries from other users of the library. The two Head Librarians are chosen from Year 8. Both their experience and leadership are invaluable in assisting the New Beacon Librarian in maintaining what is a flourishing department of the school.