“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The College Library truly reflects our commitment to heritage, innovation and inspiration. The traditional environment is enhanced by modern facilities and girls can connect electronic devices to the WiFi network, giving them access to the latest e-resources.

With more than 23,000 books in the Main Library and an up-to-date stock of journals and magazines, it fosters a culture in which girls are encouraged to read widely, research and study. Girls can borrow anything from an 1897 edition of Wanderings in Anglo Saxon Britain to the latest copy of The Economist.

There are tables to sit at with friends as well as areas for private study. Girls are found in the library at all hours of the College day and are helped by a full-time librarian in each library and an assistant, who are all on hand to give advice and support.

The rooms provide a special atmosphere conducive to independent learning and academic excellence. The library is largely for silent working, an atmosphere uniquely enforced by the girls themselves.

Younger pupils have a choice of 9,000 items in the Lower College Library. They can borrow a book or DVD, research school projects or read daily newspapers. Recreational reading is strongly encouraged, alongside the use of non-fiction books to support College work.


Head of Library Services: Miss Anne-Katrin Muhlberg 

Miss Gill Shakeshaft BA MA
Dr Kay Westoby MA MScR PhD
Ms Katharine Bubbear BA MA