The Downe House library has a collection of over 13,000 books which includes a wide range of constantly updated fiction titles to inspire students in their reading for pleasure and a collection of non-fiction books to support independent learning. Staff and students can borrow books at any time. Our library system, Oliver, gives each student their own personal library account where they can renew and reserve books, explore the library catalogue and get personalised reading recommendations. Within Oliver, Learnpath offers a one-stop shop of high quality, curated academic resources for every age group that will significantly enhance learning in all subjects. E-books are also available to borrow and read online.
The library is a purpose-built space where students of all ages can come for private academic work. It is fully connected to allow fast and easy access to online resources. There are four Surface Go devices which girls can borrow for use in the Murray Centre.
The library also hosts author events and reading programmes. All Lower School and Upper Four English classes visit for regular reading lessons when they can enjoy the space and be inspired and supported in their book choices by library staff. Our Remove love their participation in the Book Trust Bookbuzz initiative where they are gifted a book of their choice from a set of new releases. After sharing their thoughts in book groups, they are then challenged to write a review, with the best five winning prizes.
Our Lower School Reading Ambassadors are a great addition to the library team. Not only are they trained to be library assistants but they also run events and inspire a love of reading and books in their houses. The Literary Seniors also play an invaluable role in ensuring that literature is valued across our whole community.
Each year, the library and academic staff compile a comprehensive reading list of both fiction and non-fiction books. This is divided into the three school sections – Lower School, Upper School and Sixth Form – and gives each student ideas of literature to nurture her love of reading, to explore around her academic subjects and expand her mind.
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The library is open from 8am until 10pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 9pm on a Sunday every week during term time. Staff are always available to offer help and guidance to support students with their book choices and learning.
“The ultra-modern library has stunning views of the woods and we particularly liked a display of books that the staff were reading.”
Good Schools Guide, 2019
“Reading is one of the greatest pleasures and privileges that we have.”
Mrs Philippa Toogood, Director of the Murray Centre
The best way to find out more about Downe House is to experience it for yourself. Book a personal tour or join us at one of our Open Mornings, available throughout the year.Discover