At McGlashan we expect boys to read, read, read. The library is central to teaching and learning at the College.

It is a place where boys are encouraged to read widely and broaden their knowledge of the world around them. It is the learning hub of the school and the best place to read, study, collaborate, research and meet others. We strive to bring ‘the books to the boys’ by running reading events and competitions, and there is always something captivating on display to inspire.

As a reflection of the special character of the College, the library provides facilities for pupils of all abilities and cultures, keeps pace with curriculum needs and trends in recreational reading for boys, and maintains a collection which is vibrant, enticing and progressive. We have the very latest books, magazines, ebooks and audiobooks – all perfect for boys. The library staff are friendly, helpful and wildly enthusiastic about books and literacy as the keys to achievement.

At the heart of the learning philosophy of the library is our commitment to provide:

  • A stimulating, dynamic but settled learning environment which caters for independent and collaborative study.
  • Programmes which endorse school-wide literacy and develop independent readers with the skills necessary to navigate the library with confidence.
  • A library collection which supports the curriculum and reflects the wide reading interests of our students and staff.
  • Guidance with navigating online information sources, the development of information literacy skills and the ethical use of information.

Go to our library catalogue to see more of what we have on offer!


The library provides ‘Summer Holiday Reading Mystery Packs’ for boys so that they can maintain their reading mileage over the summer. SHRIMP packs are extremely popular, contain up to 30 books and are individually tailored to age, reading ability and interests.

Student Librarians

Students gain their librarian badges by developing library skills and sharing that knowledge with other library users. Student Librarians are a crucial part of the library team, assisting with the daily running of the library and helping to create a better learning environment for all library users.

Here is a taste of what the boys say …

“You haven't seen a good library until you come see the one at John McGlashan!”
“Most people want to read great books, and our library makes that possible.”
“The library rocks! It is a perfect place to study, read and browse books, the librarians are the
best too!”