The School Library
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges
St George’s School library was newly opened in September 2015, in the purpose built Luker Building.
The library caters to the academic, research and entertainment needs for all year groups. The non-fiction section covers all subjects within the curriculum and offers further reading – something that is of particular importance in the Sixth Form. The fiction collection is divided into Junior and Senior sections, thus providing something for all ages. In addition, the library stocks DVDs, audio books, magazines and periodicals.
Girls can request items that we do not already have in stock and we will do our best to add it to our collection. At St George’s all girls undertake the EPQ qualification and the library is a key resource in their research journey. Specific resources can be sourced and purchased to help with any topic embarked upon.
The school library also has a range of online resources such as a subscription to JStor, The Times newspaper and Issues Online. Full login details can be obtained by speaking to the Head Librarian, Ms Kennedy, or by emailing
The library catalogue can be found at www.readingcloud.net. All staff and students are provided with login information to access their personalised borrowing record. On the catalogue borrowers can check their borrowing history, renew, and reserve items.
In addition to the services on offer, we work with the girls on reading for pleasure and information literacy skills. All English classes in the First to Third Year regularly visit the library in order to select and discuss their reading for pleasure books.
The Library is staffed between 8.15am and 6.45pm; with out of hours study access available to boarders in the evenings and on weekends. The Library Prefect takes responsibility for out of hours access with the help of a team of Sixth Form students. The Library Prefect also helps to train a team of Library Assistants, from all year groups, and promotes the Library throughout the school community.
At St George’s the Library is not limited by its walls as we run a number of events and activities across the school; from author and poet visits to book fairy treasure hunts! We also take any opportunity to engage in enriching activities out with the school; with visits to the Cheltenham Literature Festival and The British Library among some of our outings.
We firmly believe that reading for pleasure and information literacy does not stop at the Library door.
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