The RGS Library is open on school days between 8 am and 4.30 pm (4 pm on Fridays). It occupies the original 1915 School Hall, which was refurbished and opened as a Library in 1981, by Diana, Princess of Wales.
During School time, the Library is used for booked lessons (chiefly English) and silent Private Study by Year 13 A Level students.
At other times, the Library is open to all for relaxed reading, study, research and borrowing. In addition to a stock of 18,000 (including 2,000 fiction titles); the Library has nine computers and stocks a range of newspapers and periodicals for student use. A number of specialised digital resources can be accessed from any in-school computer, and the searchable Library catalogue (Heritage Online) is available through the VLE, or by typing
Professionally trained staff, assisted by a team of Library Prefects are available to help all boys acquire the balanced research skills that will help their studies at School and beyond.
All Year 7 and 8 boys participate in the Accelerated Reader Scheme, which allows their reading progress to be evaluated and monitored and promotes Reading for Pleasure and Literacy. Fun competitions and awards encourage even more reading; and all Year 7s receive a free book from the BookBuzz scheme – guaranteed to get them reading and talking about books!
A lively Reading Club takes place every Wednesday lunchtime in the Library Office. Boys read and discuss books from a variety of genres (we are currently exploring novels with female protagonists); review their favourite works and get a sneak preview of new additions to the Library. Click here for a link to a recent review by a Year 9 pupil.
We produce a number of Reading lists to promote wider reading in different subject areas and genres. It is particularly important for University applications (in all subjects!), that Sixth Formers can demonstrate a good reading habit and we have created an ‘Iconic Reads booklist to encourage them to test their reading limits. Download it here.
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