Millfield Sixth Form students studying in the library
Millfield students studying in the library

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of a Library."

Jorge Luis Borges 

The library, built to an award-winning design is a large, open plan space on three levels. The provision in the library is outstanding with over 23,000 print titles, an extensive collection of multimedia and digital resources including Sora (an e-book library) and RB Digital, offering eMagazines to all year groups and staff.

The library is the focus of independent study at Millfield. Exceptional support is offered to academic departments in delivering the curriculum and the library also employs a Teacher-Librarian to promote independent research. The Lower Sixth Research Project and the development of the EPQ qualification have been central to the library’s work in recent years.

Promoting reading, for pleasure and academic success, is a prime focus for Millfield Library. In particular, the library works closely with the English department and the Year 9 houses to develop reading for pleasure as part of the Nine at Millfield programme. Recommended reading suggestions are available for both Senior and Junior pupils and the library runs its own Book of the Year competition as well as shadowing the national Carnegie book award. The provision of large book boxes for each boarding house as well as a wide selection in the Staff Common Room demonstrates the library’s commitment to building a whole school reading community.

A separate silent area is available for Senior students as well as an area specifically designed for Junior reading. In recent years the library has added new innovations such as hiring a yurt for reading just prior to the Christmas holidays as well as establishing a library tea garden towards the end of the summer term. The Library Staff engage with students in a variety of activities from staging book fairs to coincide with World Book Day to raising money for charity.

The library is able to offer additional digital resources via the Heritage online Catalogue and the Millfield Library Blog. Millfield Library’s work and regular initiatives can also be followed on Social Media via Twitter and Instagram.

Stephen Bull

Head of Library