The J.O. Heap Library, which is staffed by a full-time Librarian, and her assistant, contains collections of books, films, journals and digital resources to support the teaching and learning at Kingswood School. The Library is a quiet place where students and staff can read, learn and research while enjoying a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere.

The main Library space is currently undergoing some renovation while repair works are carried out on the roof. As this is a Grade II listed building, we are taking the time to conduct the work sensitively and correctly so that we may continue to use this beautiful space for decades to come. In the meantime, we are providing as many of the Library services and resources as possible, making use of temporary spaces like the old Posnett Library and other buildings so that students can still have access to IT facilities and have a quiet place to read and study.

Through Firefly, all staff and students have access to the online Library catalogue and can search for any of our resources. They also have access to online resources, including university-level journal databases such as JSTOR. These can be particularly helpful for A-Level coursework or the Extended Project Qualification. The Library also has a variety of print journals, magazines and newspapers available, ranging from titles such as New Scientist and National Geographic to Rugby World.

Staff and students may recommend new resources for the Library at any time, and we work hard to maintain a print and digital stock that is both up-to-date and interesting.

If you have any questions about the Library or would like to know more about how we are currently offering services, please contact the Librarian, Kirsty Sutherland, via our contact form.

What's happening in the Library in March?

Book of the Month

March's Book of the Month: Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen.

A New York Times bestseller and laugh out loud thriller from Carl Hiaasen about a missing cousin, a half-crazy governor, giant gators and justice -- swamp justice, that is.

Typical Malley - to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard - he knows his cousin's in trouble before she does. Wild Skink - he's a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets and giant gators.

Open Mic Night

To celebrate World Book Day, the Library hosted an Open Mic Night with a number of students displaying the variety of talent at Kingswood. Davida (left) performed a short story, Evie (middle) read a poem, and Gabriel (right) performed a song. 

All the performers were fantastic and the level of writing talent on show was amazing. We were a very lucky audience!