School Library

Independent Study and Reading for Pleasure

The Library is at the heart of Latymer Upper School, physically and academically. It offers students a tranquil place for independent study and reading for pleasure.

Open 8.00am – 6.00pm, it is staffed by two full-time professional librarians and two part-time library assistants. There is always someone on hand to support students, from helping to find the right resource for a project to recommending a new novel.

The physical collection includes over 13,000 books, plus newspapers and journals, DVDs. The digital collection includes links to curriculum-relevant websites, a wide range of over 30 academic online subscription resources (news articles, electronic journals, image banks and subject-specific databases) and a small but growing eBook collection. All electronic resources are accessible from school or remotely via a home computer, school iPad or other device.

The Library is the place to come for serious independent study and indeed many Sixth Form students opt to spend their private study periods here. There are just over 100 study spaces, half with networked PCs. Students are also welcome to use their own laptop or tablet. Printing, copying & scanning facilities are all available.

Support and training

To support students’ information literacy pupils in Year 7 and the Lower Sixth have an induction and full training in how to:

  • use the catalogue to search for resources
  • access course reading lists via the catalogue
  • maintain their own library account online (including renewing and reserving items)

The Librarian also provides ongoing research skills training to students. The aim is to help all students become confident and independent learners by developing their ability to find, evaluate and use information effectively.

Besides resources for homework and private study, there is a wealth of fiction and comfortable reading areas. Library staff strive to foster a love of reading among students. The Library works with the English department and others to sponsor author visits to school. Students are encouraged to share book recommendations and reviews, and there are many reading activities that students are invited to get involved with throughout the year, such as:

  • special events for World Book Day or National Libraries Day
  • the Kids’ Lit Quiz and other competitions
  • book groups – including Carnegie Shadowing and Trinity Schools Book Awards reading groups

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