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 Library aims to provide resources that complement the subjects studied by students while also enhancing their wider knowledge of the world. We also aim to encourage and develop students’ literacy and reading for pleasure by providing fiction resources across a wide range of interest and ability levels.
All staff and students have access to the online Library catalogue and can search for any of our resources. There is a wide range of popular titles available as eBooks and audiobooks through our online ePlatform. Students and Staff have access to online resources, including university-level journal databases such as JSTOR, Britannica Online, Hodder A-Level Archive, and Connell Guides. These can be particularly helpful for A-Level coursework or the Extended Project Qualification.
The Library hosts events including author visits and Open Mic Nights at which students can perform their own writing. These events are often in support of initiatives such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day. We also follow national book awards such as the CILIP Carnegie Medal and YA Book Prize.
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, Taryn Borys, via our contact form.