The Threlfall Library is at the heart of teaching and learning at Denstone College. Its primary purpose is to enhance learning, support teaching and facilitate the development of independent learning skills in order to help all pupils to become life-long learners. 

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, recognising the importance of reading to academic success, 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 and 6th Form pupils)
Tuesday 8.30am-5.30pm (& 8.30-10pm for 5th and 6th Form pupils)
Wednesday 8.30am-4pm (& 8.30-10pm for 5th and 6th Form pupils)
Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm (& 8.30-10pm for 5th and 6th Form pupils)
Friday 8.30am-5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am-2.30pm
Sunday 4-6pm (ex. Exeats)

The library is currently staffed by qualified library professionals: Head of Information Resources and Examinations, Dr Philippa Ireland; and Library Assistant, Mrs Sara Tovey.

The Library is 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.

Librarians are 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 alwayswelcomed, and pupils are activiely involved with the Library through a Pupil Library scheme and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Library continues to develop its collections, working alongside and with subject departments on reader development and study skills. It’s primary focus is 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.