Library

Ms Cathi Woods (Librarian) MSc (London)

Our popular Library is located in the old house to the left of the main reception area.  Its historic setting provides a tranquil and inspiring location for study and reading for pleasure, and it benefits from beautiful views over the gardens and surrounding area.  A Library plays an important role in creating our school culture by helping every pupil grow through reading for pleasure and research and giving an extra boost to knowledge.  The Library encourages lifelong readers and teaches pupils how to access authentic information and knowledge.  The digital world which we now embrace has the power of smartphones, tablets and computers, however, these can never take the place of books as books have a special place in the hearts of staff, pupils, and readers.  The Library at Farnborough Hill aims to provide resources to support the curriculum, as well as provide an environment which will stimulate study and support wellbeing.

A wide range of resources are available including a stock of over 8,000 books, reference works, online reference databases, newspapers and periodicals, computer facilities and printer / photocopier.  The Library is also accessible via our new database Accessit, opened through the School VLE Firefly.  The Library Firefly pages also has many links and information to books and research related material. 

In addition to non-fiction books, the Library has an extensive range of fiction including all the latest and best teenage fiction and a senior fiction section.  All tastes are catered for and our qualified Library staff are always pleased to consider pupils' recommendations, or to hear their opinions. 

The Library is open every school day from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm for study, reading, browsing and relaxing.  Years 7 - 9 visit the Library every week for Library lessons as part of the English curriculum and other subjects book the library on an ad hoc basis to use the facilities for research.  The Library runs many initiatives to encourage reading, be it through weekly book clubs, celebrating World Book Day, organising author visits (most notably Cathy Brett, Jo Cotterill, Julia Golding and Sandi Toksvig) and other special events such as the extremely popular ‘Harry Potter Book Night’ and World Poetry Day Poetry Slam.