The Library

Librarian: Elspeth Harvey

Assistant Librarians

Mrs Linda Hambling, Mrs Alison Monk, Mrs Lynn Aldrich.

Contact: 01992 706201


The Haileybury Library forms part of the classical frontage of buildings designed by William Wilkins for the East India College in 1809. It began life as the chapel of the College, and later became the library of the new Haileybury College in 1862. It is ideally situated in the Quad between the chapel and the Master's Lodge, and is on a busy pedestrian route between the Science and Form Room teaching blocks.

The Library has long played a central role in the intellectual life of the School, serving generations of Haileyburians and their teachers by lending material from its comprehensive collections. Membership is open to all who live or work at Haileybury.

Opening hours

Mon, Tues, Thu, Fri:

8.45 am - 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm


8.45 am - 6.30 pm


8.30 am - 1.00 pm

The Library is arranged on two floors. The ground floor houses the bulk of the non-fiction collection. A large collection of fiction is arranged around comfortable seating with the newspapers and magazines nearby.

The gallery houses Maths, Latin, Greek, Russian, Spanish and staff teaching resources plus a large collection of music, including music scores.


In addition, the Library is equipped with 15 computers, a scanner and a colour photocopier which is also an A3 on-line printer.

Softlink Europe's Alice library management system is in use with an integrated library security system. The catalogue is available campus-wide via the School intranet, as are the on-line resources.

All Year 7 pupils visit the Library for an initial induction and familiarisation, while Year 9 pupils have four library lessons in which they learn the basic skills of library navigation.

The Library has a policy of actively encouraging classes to visit on a regular basis for reading or project work. The librarian has Head of Department status and is fully integrated into the academic life of the School.

Special events and promotions are held on World Book Day and National Poetry Day. Each year a group of volunteers reads the books shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize and elect their own winner during a Judging Day lunch in the Library.

In addition, there is a Senior Book Group, a Lower School Reading Group and a Staff Book Club.

"The true university of these days is a collection of books." Thomas Carlyle - Founder of the London Library

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