Epsom College Library sits on the edge of the Quad, at the heart of the College. It is housed in the converted gymnasium and offers a welcoming environment for individual study, class activities and leisure reading.
The Library contains a collection of 26,000 items including both traditional and electronic materials.
These are indexed on a web-based catalogue that also links to subscription databases and high-quality resources on the internet. The Library is open six days a week during term time.
The Library provides books, journals and databases to support the curriculum, develop wider reading, encourage awareness of current affairs and prepare for life beyond the College through careers and university resources. Information sheets are prepared by library staff to help students make the most of the resources available and staff are pleased to offer individual assistance when required.
Fostering a love of reading.
A wide range of fiction and general reading is provided, and library staff are always willing to discuss and recommend. Topical displays, review publications and suggested reading lists help students choose material that interests them, and an ordering and reservation system aims to ensure the book the student wants is ready when needed.
The Library arranges visits from authors and activities such as the summer Garden Reading Room to help everyone experience the pleasure – and reap the rewards – of being lost in a good book.
Facilitating effective study.
The Library aims to offer a quiet place for effective study. It has eight computers plus a wireless network and link to an IT suite and the EPQ room. Individual study spaces are provided, along with a bookable group workroom. Books and information sheets on research and study skills are available.
Students can meet in the library to challenge each other on the giant chess set or borrow DVDs or audio books for interest or to support their studies. For those with an interest in the College’s past, there is a collection of the College magazine going back to 1870 and an inspiring display of work by the artist and Old Epsomian, John Piper.
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