Library Resource Centre

Our ovSenior School Libraryerall aim is to provide an effective educational and recreational resource in support of the staff and curriculum for the benefit of students during their formative years at Bishop's Stortford College.

All new students and staff attend induction sessions during their first term. On-going instruction is given to students when they use the library for research work in small groups as part of their lessons throughout the school.  Students are welcome to come in and browse or study at any time, including break and lunchtimes. There is always help available, with two qualified librarians and a team of evening and weekend assistants.

Please visit the College Library website, where you can log in and check what is available in the Senior School library, what you have on loan, renew your loans and reserve new titles.  Please ask Mrs Garrett, the Librarian, for a username and password before using this link.

Resources Overview

  • 13,000 Subject & Fiction books
  • 6 Networked computers with Internet
  • Computerised library catalogue & issue system
  • Reference Books, Archives & Local information
  • Newspapers & Periodicals
  • Audiobooks, DVD library & Music CDs
  • 2 Laser Printers, Scanner & Photocopier

Library Usage

The Library is used by Sixth Form students for:

  • Individual study or research and group study or research during lessons;
  • Finding leisure reading;
  • Doing Prep in the evening or off games;
  • Senior School debates & quizzes;
  • Reading newspapers & magazines;
  • Making a photocopy.

Library Opening Hours

Monday 08.30 - 17.00   19.00   21.30
Tuesday 08.30 - 17.00   19.00 - 21.30
Wednesday 08.30 - 17.00   19.00 - 21.30
Thursday 08.30 - 17.00   19.00 - 21.30
Friday 08.30 - 17.00   19.00 - 21.30
Saturday 08.30 - 12.45   13.45 - 15.15

Fiction & Non Fiction Books

Non fiction is arranged in numerical order using the Dewey Decimal system used in most public libraries. Biographies and autobiographies are shelved in their own subject field, ie biographies of sportsmen are shelved in the sport section. Geography books are shelved separately as are Travel and Media Studies books. Local History and Information is shelved by the Librarian's desk.

Fiction books are upstairs on the Gallery. They are shelved in alphabetical order of the author's surname.

Reference Books, Newspapers & Periodicals

We have a good selection of standard reference books on most subjects and subscribe to several online services such as JSTOR and online magazines.

We take five daily newspapers and the weekly local papers, as well as papers from the USA. There are periodicals for academic as well as leisure interests. Staff and students are welcome to come in and read them at break and lunchtimes.

Book Groups and Book Lists

The Fourth and Fifth Form Book Group meet every half term in the Library during a lunchbreak.The Staff Readers Group is for staff members and their partners. We meet in The Pumpkin one evening each term. Contact the Librarian to go on the mailing list.
New members to all of these groups are always welcome, the dates are in the school calendar.