|Following major investment and refurbishment, the new Library at Denstone College opened to pupils and staff in September 2013.
The Library is a welcoming academic space, successfully combining the qualities and atmosphere of a traditional library that encourages quiet study, with the technologies and features of a twenty-first century learning environment. Centrally located in the oldest part of the school, it is a dynamic library for the whole of the school community.
There is shelf space for over 15,000 books, and these remain its core resource. Alongside the books, the library has varied collection of magazines, journals, newspapers and digital resources. Pupils are encouraged to make use of the library for reading, research, prep and recreation.
The Library is currently open at the following times:
Monday 8.30am-5.30pm (& 8.30-10pm for 5th, 6th & 7th Form pupils)
Tuesday 8.30am-5.30pm (& 8.30-10pm for 5th, 6th & 7th Form pupils)
Wednesday 8.30am-4pm (& 8.30-10pm for 5th, 6th & 7th Form pupils)
Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm (& 8.30-10pm for 5th, 6th & 7th Form pupils)
Sunday 4-6pm (ex. Exeats)
These hours will be extended as the Library team grows. The library is currently staffed by a qualified Head Librarian, Dr Philippa Ireland, and a Library Assistant, Mrs Sara Tovey.
The Library is also used by teachers with classes, at break and lunchtimes and for library skills lessons. Teachers may book the library and make use of the laptops which are connected to the College’s network and have access to the Internet and a growing range of online resources, including journals, magazines, databases and encyclopaedias.
Considerable effort is taken to ensure that the Library is stocked with the very best resources that support the curriculum and foster reading for pleasure and for learning amongst the boys and girls at the College. Exciting events are planned each year that build on the enthusiasm of staff and pupils for this fantastic facility.
The Librarian is available to offer advice on book selection and help with doing research effectively. At the same time, pupils are given a sense of ownership and independence in the Library. Recommendations for new stock and activities are welcomed, and pupils are able to take out their own books using the self-service kiosk.
The Library will continue to develop its collections, working alongside and with subject departments on reader development and study skills. In addition, it will focus on providing a service for all pupils and staff that includes developing information literacy skills, eSafety, and helping Senior school pupils prepare for university and undertake the Extended project Qualification.