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.
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. Our first reading was done by Headmistress Mrs McKendrick. You can read more about the launch of Reading Hour here.DISCOVER
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.
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 2019-2020
“Reading is one of the greatest pleasures and privileges that we have.”
Mrs Philippa Toogood, Director of the Murray Centre
“Remember that it is your library – a place to find resources that will help you with your academic work, but also where you can choose a book to read for pleasure[…] there is something for everyone.”
Mrs Jenny Hill, Learning Resources Manager
Downe House Library brings you their ‘Book of the Week’. Read brief blurbs and reviews of the suggested books to help you decide what you should read next.Discover
We believe that time taken to pick up a book is never wasted. Reading for pleasure is immensely beneficial. We’ve listed ten good reasons why you should always have a book on the go – and they’re based on sound research!Discover
The best way to find out more about Downe House, is to come and experience it for yourself – arrange a visit or join us for one of our Open Mornings?Discover