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 as well as newspapers, magazines, 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 23,000. The Librarian is available for advice and help with finding information and teaching information literacy.
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, World Book Day, Carnegie Medal shadowing, Book Club, reading competitions and project lessons. 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.
Library opening hours are: Monday to Friday: 8:30 to 4:30
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).
In the search field, type in a book or an author that you liked and recommendations from other members will be listed
Some ideas for reading