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8. Library

The library you see today was originally constructed in 1972 after it outgrew several other locations including a small room in the Boarding House – where the reception area is now located.

Before moving to its current, the library formed part of a new block which was built in 1965 with financial support in the form of a £38,000 government grant and additional funds from the School community. An extension in 1967 catered for a dedicated reference section to meet the increasing emphasis on research required for essay writing. It was during this time a decision was made allow students access to the library after school. This allowed girls more time to undertake research projects or simply make the most of a tranquil space amongst thousands of books.

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As the girls’ passion for reading and literature grew, so too did the need for a more comprehensive library and space to accommodate it. When the library moved to its current location, a line of 4th Year students (now known as Year 10), spent a day carrying the 10,000 books across the campus to their new shelves.

In 1985 a dedicated fiction area was added to the existing space and in 2000, it became home to the textbook room – originally located in the old administration building.

Over the course of multiple moves and extensions, the library relied on generous donations from our school community to fill the shelves and provide prizes for students, a tradition which continues to this day. 

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The Library in 1967 before it moved to its new and permanent location

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Library circa 1969

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1981 Library carrel

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The audio visual library in 1985

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Seniors in the Library in 2010

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Senior students in the Library 1991 (card catalogue on far wall)

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