“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”
– Orhan Pamuk

The Library is the beating heart of academic life at Southlands. Open to students every break and lunchtime, it is an important and accessible first step on their journey towards lifelong academic success, digital literacy and citizenship skills.

We have a large collection of fiction and non-fiction books representative of all departments within the school, as well as an expansive provision of periodicals, magazines, online resources and iPads.

Reading for pleasure is championed at Southlands for both its positive effect on literacy levels and its formational role in creating informed and compassionate global citizens. Primary students have a dedicated library session once a week during which their reading progress is monitored, they are able to discover new books and develop their library skills to become autonomous and engaged readers.

Further up the school, students in Years 7 to 9 have curated library sessions to continue their engagement with reading, further develop their understanding and use of both English and Modern Foreign Languages and take their critical thinking and writing skills to the next level.

At all stages of their Southlands career, students are encouraged to visit the library for help with project work and to develop their research skills.

Our IGCSE and IB students in particular frequent the library for essay work, advice on academic honesty and dedicated sessions to improve their writing. The latest scholarly resources including online databases, academic journals and multimedia digital resources open up endless possibilities for our secondary students to push their academic attainment.

The Library is continually developing to reflect the changes in academic and information services, technological advancements and the diverse and divergent needs of our students.