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The Chatfeild-Roberts Library

The Chatfeild-Roberts Library is at the heart of College life, supporting pupils both academically and pastorally. The Library is a space for pupils to be inspired, to immerse themselves in literature, study and to socialise with their peers. The library is a space for all, with boundless opportunities.

More than books

  • Book clubs – running after school on a Monday, aimed at inspiring our pupils to read and discuss a wide range of popular modern literature.
  • Author visits – allowing our pupils to hear and meet some of the latest inspiring authors who are writing for children and young adults.
  • Third Form Challenge – providing a time each Wednesday after school for groups to participate in a twilight reading session.
  • Academic support – the library is a wonderful learning environment with over 20,000 paper resources and many more online.
  • Developing information literacy skills – experienced librarians teaching research skills to our pupils, helping them to gain the skills they will need throughout school and beyond.
  • Individual reading – a warm, welcoming, comfortable space for our school community to curl up with a great book.
  • Pastoral guidance – the library is a calm safe space for all and we are here to listen, engage and support our pupils.
  • Independent study – during lesson time and in our prep sessions, the library becomes a quiet space for pupils to be able to work independently in a beautiful setting.

Opening Times During Term Time

Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 9:00pm (7:15pm to 8:45pm is Evening Prep for Upper College)

Saturday – 8:15am to 1:00pm

Sunday – 1:00pm to 4:30pm (Summer Term Only – 10:00am to 4:30pm)

Highlights include the massive library – historic but not stuffy, and frankly one of the nicest we’ve seen with chunky oak tables, armchairs and sofas, chess sets, half-made jigsaw on a stand and a fantastic Waterstones-like display of once-banned books (with some fascinating explanations).

Good Schools Guide, 2023

Meet the Librarians

Andrea Kimball

Sharon Rogers

Maribel Cluer

Laurette Thomas


    Academic Overview


    College Community


    Pastoral Care