Located on the entire upper floor of the conservatory block, the Library offers a calm and welcoming space for all College students and provides the College’s silent study environment.

A large, open-plan design allows you to access a number of computers, laptop points and study desks alongside a varied collection of physical resources including textbooks, wider reading and course/study guides, fiction, biographies, ‘shelf help’ resources and subject journals. You may borrow as many items as you like.

The Librarian delivers a programme of information literacy skills designed to support you in developing your independent learning. The programme focuses on effective internet searching, an awareness of subject-specific academic resources, critically evaluating online sources, developing the use of subject journals and plagiarism and referencing. For those wishing to take the EPQ, The Librarian also teaches key aspects of the advanced research skills required. To complement this, you will also have access to a fully searchable Online Library Catalogue and an online resource portal linking relevant Library resources and carefully curated online sources to your subject.

Regular displays throughout the year highlight different elements of the Library collections and are designed to engage and encourage reading for pleasure. Events, such as World Mental Health Day and Pride Month are highlighted with a selection of relevant resources and you are encouraged to join in with shadowing Book Awards, such as The Booker Prize, the YA Book Prize and the Excelsior Award for graphic novels. An informal book group, consisting of both staff and students who can opt in and out as they wish, offers you the opportunity to share your reading with others.

Rachel Chavez, Educational Resource Manager: rchavez@dsfc.unity-ed.uk