College Librarian: Mr J.R. Brett
Librarian: Mr Tom McConville
The College Library is housed in a wonderful architect-designed building which was opened in 1994. Situated in the Warden's Garden, at the heart of the College, the Library provides pupils and staff with a spacious and beautiful facility for study and reading. The building itself consists of the Senior and Junior Reading Rooms on either side of the central Main Library. Currently we have over 10,000 books on our shelves, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as CDs, audiotapes, journals and magazines, and an IT suite with network and internet access. Our catalogue is fully computerised, and we operate a self-issue system.
The Library is open under staff supervision, apart from brief breaks, from the beginning of the school day to late in the evening'over 80 hours a week. Pupils use it during class time, in their free time, and for prep in the evenings. It is constantly in demand both as a place of serious study, and as a haven from the busy pace of boarding school life.
We are generously funded, and as an integral part of academic study in the College, we constantly update our non-fiction resources both on our own initiative, and in consultation with teaching staff. We are equally committed to fiction'the Library sustains a real and vibrant reading culture in the College. Each year pupils borrow over 2000 books, as well as using reference and fiction material within the building itself.
The College believes in the continuing importance of books and reading in the 21st century. At the same time we recognise the evolving nature of information, the importance it will hold in the lives of this and future generations, and the role we have, as educators, in teaching our students new methods and responsibilities to avail of it effectively.
- Library News - March 2011