"What a school thinks of its library is a reflection of what it thinks of education.” Harold Howe II.
The British School has two large, well-equipped libraries which are used by all students as an integral part of their learning. A team of four librarians manage these key resource centres and ensure not only that the book and audio collections are well maintained, but also that students can access the texts they need both to support their studies and for enjoyment. Children in the Primary School take part in a core library skills programme which is led by our librarians.
Both libraries offer students quiet study space and computer/internet access, with the latest library management technology as well as PCs and iPads to facilitate students’ research.
The two-storey primary library is a central part of the new Phase 4 building. It houses a fiction section on the ground floor, and is designed to resemble a cosy, traditional library complete with an oversized reading chair, a long wooden oak-style table with large leather chairs, wood-style ‘beams’ on the ceiling, portraits on the wall, and a flickering fire on a screen with leather reading chairs around the fireside. In contrast, the top floor of the library which houses the non-fiction section is very modern, with contemporary design study areas and banks of computers for research.
Our secondary library is an impressive circular two-floor design. It houses around 7,500 books, a huge range of periodicals, and a large collection of audio-visual resources including an interactive smart board for teaching and PCs for students’ use. The top floor has individual work areas offering private space for quiet study.