The Piper Library occupies a central and easily accessible position on the School site. It is open throughout the school day and on two evenings per week, and is staffed by a qualified Librarian. It offers a light, attractive and comfortable environment for pupils to come and work at the purpose built study carrels or to relax with a book in a break or lunch hour. Computers are also available, enabling pupils to access the school’s intranet and search the library database.
The current book stock numbers about 15,000 and is constantly developing and being updated to meet the changing needs of the curriculum and pupils’ recreational reading needs. Fiction stock covers all reading ages in the School, and a wide range of tastes and abilities. Pupils are actively encouraged to liaise with the Librarian on acquiring new titles and topics.
Early on in their first term, the School Librarian gives all Fourth Form pupils an induction course into the effective use of the library. This is followed up within the English curriculum, where reading both for study and for recreation is discussed and encouraged.
The Piper Library offers not only books but also video and audiotapes, DVDs and CDs, for both study and recreational use. A range of journals is stocked, including The Economist, Economics Affairs, BBC Music, eMagazine and School Sport. The Piper Library is therefore able to offer pupils a large, varied and up to date range of sources of literature and other information.