The Maggs Library is housed in the School’s original Memorial Hall, which was opened in 1925 to commemorate the Old Caterhamians who died during the 1914 – 1918 war.The generosity of former pupil Albert P. Maggs made possible the conversion of the building into a Library, which was opened in 1990.
The Library aims to work with the whole School community by supporting all pupils in their learning, and all members of staff in their teaching. We aim to facilitate research (for individuals as well as whole classes), private study and recreational reading.
The Library houses a collection of some 20,000 books and DVDs and a wide range of magazines, journals and newspapers. The Non-Fiction collection is located in the main room of the Library and covers all aspects of the School curriculum. Some departments, such as Art and History, have additional Library collections located within departments. There are a variety of online resources including eBooks, journals and periodicals which can be accessed via Firefly.
The Library runs a number of enrichment lessons and book groups tailored to the needs of the Sixth Form including Psychology, Science, Economics and Medics. Pupils are encouraged to use the Library during their private study periods for individual or group work.
Reading for Pleasure
The Library is passionate in promoting reading for pleasure. The extensive fiction collection is supplemented by the opportunity to participate in several reading schemes and events such as DEAR (Drop Everything and Read). Pupils are encouraged to work through a Bronze, Silver and Gold reading award scheme, and to shadow the Trinity Schools Book Award and the Carnegie Medal.
Pupils of all ages have the opportunity to join the Library Club and to help in the Library. Helpers gain a sound knowledge of the Dewey Classification system and are soon able to shelve and display fiction and non-fiction titles. The Trinity Schools Award Reading Group meets every Monday lunchtime, and Cinema Club takes place twice a term.
The Library organises at least three author events each year, giving different year groups the opportunity to meet some of the top authors of books for young people. In the recent past we have enjoyed visits from award-winning authors such as Bali Rai, Matt Dickinson, Chris Bradford and Valerie Bloom. Other events designed to promote enjoyment of the library and reading for pleasure include an annual Fright Night for Third Year pupils and a week of events to mark World Book Day including competitions, creative writing workshops and House Spelling Bees.
Mrs Deborah Moore – Mrs Moore worked as a member of the Diplomatic Service in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before joining the school in April 2013. She has a keen interest in international affairs and politics having worked in Oman, Botswana, Indonesia, Switzerland and Ghana. She is a Third Year form tutor and also a boarding tutor in Townsend House.
Mrs Colleen Tuckett – Mrs Tuckett has worked in the Library since 2009. Previously she worked in the Finance sector.