The Piper Library occupies a central and easily accessible position on the School site. It is open throughout the School day, two evenings per week and Saturday mornings. 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 during 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 approximately 17,000. It 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 a wide range of other resources including audio CDs, DVDs and Music CDs, for both study and recreational use. A bank of past examination papers is stocked, and a range of journals including The Economist, Economic Affairs, New Statesman, eMagazine, The English Review, Aesthetica, New Scientist, Resurgence & Ecologist, National Geographic, Geographical, PE Review and Rugby World. The Piper Library is, therefore, able to offer pupils a large, varied and up-to-date range of sources of literature and other information.