The brand new Downe House Library houses a collection of over 12,000 books which includes a wide range of up-to-date fiction titles to inspire girls in their reading for pleasure and a collection of non-fiction books to support their independent learning. Staff and students can borrow books at any time. We also offer print journals, some subject specific, others of more general interest, and a range of high quality e-learning resources that can be accessed digitally through the school’s system. E-books are also available to borrow and read online.
The School Library is a purpose-built study space where students of all ages can come for private academic work and 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. Recently the Upper Fourth enjoyed a visit and book signing by Kathryn Evans, author of More of Me and Beauty Sleep who delivered an enthusiastic and gripping workshop. Our Remove participate in Bookbuzz for which each girls is given a book to review and design a book cover for.
Each year the Library staff compile a reading list which brings together a huge range of resources recommended by our academic departments. The list gives each girl ideas of literature to inspire her to nurture a love of reading, to explore around her academic subjects and to expand her mind!Reading List 2020-21
The Library is open from 8am until 10pm, seven days a week during term time. Staff are always available to offer help and guidance to support the students with their learning.
We’re working on new initiatives to encourage our girls to read for pleasure. For an hour every night the library staff are on hand to to help and advise girls in their reading choices. Girls can come and enjoy the library as a gift of time and space. This hour also provides the opportunity for girls to listen to staff reading from books whilst enjoying some tasty treats.
“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. We tailor our virtual Open Mornings and Virtual Tours to suit your family.Discover