College Library

Since our foundation in 1868 we have collected many artefacts , including every copy of the school magazine 'The Stortfordian' since its first issue.  These are kept in the Senior School College Library.

To one side of the Library's upper gallery there are four glass fronted cabinets, each displaying some of our memorabilia; the remainder is stored in cupboards or in the Archive Room.

The Old Stortfordian book collection (books written by or about Old Stortfordians or the College) is now included on the main library computer catalogue and books are displayed in the gallery.

Photographs, concert and theatre programmes, sporting events, etc., have been sorted; photograph albums and other donated items are carefully stored; all items are available to view on request. Many photographs are available in digital form and can be viewed on the Bishop's Stortford heritage website; please ask the Librarian or the Old Stortfordian office for a username and password.

Our librarians receive frequent visits, telephone calls and letters from Old Stortfordians and others researching their family history.

History of the Library

The library designed by architect Mr R. C. Foster and built in 1936 as a permanent memorial to F.S. Young, Headmaster of the College from 1900 to 1931. It was administered by a succession of masters until 1991 when the Governors made the decision to modernise it and employ a full-time librarian who took up the appointment in September 1992.

This was the beginning of a policy designed to provide the whole College with an Information Resource Centre second to none in the area.

Traditionally, the library has been the central resource to access information largely through paper, i.e. books, periodicals and newspapers. In 1992 it was refurbished; the impressive high-ceilinged room was completely renovated with carpeting and low chairs enhancing the panelled walls and oak shelving installed to provide a welcoming and pleasing environment in which pupils can study or read. A fully computerised catalogue and barcode e-system was installed and major expansion took place in the Reference and Fiction sections. ICT workstations were also installed to supplement the extended range of paper-based information. A wide range of newspapers, journals and magazines covering both leisure and academic interests were made available.

With the unveiling of the 1995/96 Development Appeal the Governors decided that Phase 2, the Library Expansion, should go ahead. This involved the expansion and updating of the library's computer provision, its stock of books and its audio-visual resources. Linked galleries and a walkway on both wings of the library at first-floor level provided additional space for mobile and fixed bookshelves. Display cases containing the College's extensive and unique Archive Collection were also accommodated on this level. The 'new look' Library Resource Centre now has additional study facilities, computers, internet and email facilities, and a DVD and CD library.

Since April 1997 there have been two qualified librarians assisted by evening/weekend supervisors, and between them they ensure the library is fully supervised for 70 hours a week to provide research facilities and assistance for pupils and staff.