Housed in the modern John and Joan Cooke Centre, the School Library provides a pleasant, flexible study area for independent, group and class learning


The Library

Housed in the modern John and Joan Cooke Centre, the School Library provides a pleasant, flexible study area for independent, group and class learning, kitted-out with PCs and laptops to give students access to the latest e-resources as well as up to date access to newspapers, magazines, journals, DVDs and a wide selection of books.

Open daily, it provides a variety of different resources including classic and contemporary fiction, graphic novels, textbooks and background reading for subject work, reference books including dictionaries and encyclopaedias; a stock of nearly 22,000 items. Our dedicated Librarian (Mrs Attwood) is available for advice and help with finding information.

In preparation for our first co-educational cohort in September 2018, we have purchased a wide array of books to suit our boys' and girls' reading taste.

The user-friendly Library catalogue can be accessed internally and externally from the Crypt Intranet where searches can be made for Library resources. Users can access their own library account and can search their loans and loan history, access reading lists and set up reservations.

Library activities include topical displays with suggested reading, project lessons and celebrating literary events such as World Book Day with competitions and quizzes. We even have a Harry Potter club every Wednesday lunchtime! Leaflets are provided to help with a variety of library-related topics including alternative search engines, referencing, citation and classification.

There is also access to Career and UCAS resources to support our in-house careers advisor.

Library opening hours are: Monday to Friday: 8:15am to 4:15pm with a supervised Homework Club taking place in the Library from 3.15pm-4.15pm every day.

Library Overdues Policy

We welcome book donations – especially Children/Young Adult (YA) fiction. Please drop book donations off at the school office marked for the Library. 

Our Amazon ‘Wish List’ ( is continually updated with books we are after in the main library so if you have one of these books collecting dust, we would love to give it a new home!

The Archives

The school is fast approaching its 500th anniversary and we are extremely fortunate at Crypt to have a rich collection of treasures gathered by Old Cryptians and staff over the past 200 years. The Library has a large number of books by or about past students (such as William Henley and Sir Robin Day) and staff (TE Brown, Dr Crees and Dr Rudge). There is a complete run of The Cryptian magazine from 1907-2011 and a whole plethora of educational and sporting memorabilia.  The rarest book that we have is a hand-written and bound copy of a book on Latin by Dr Rudge (Headteacher, 1788-1803).

Useful Links

In the search field, type in a book or an author that you liked and recommendations from other members will be listed







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