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The library at KES is for the benefit of all members of the school community.

We aim to offer a purposeful learning environment with a range of facilities and resources to support the academic and recreational needs of all students and staff.

The library occupies a large, purpose-built room in the centre of the school. There is plenty of seating suitable for formal study as well as 12 networked computers and a photocopier and printer. Adjoining it is the library annex, which houses the fiction section and DVD collection.

The library has a stock of over 18,000 printed books. Non-fiction material reflects the curriculum as far as possible, and also provides for recreational interests. Fiction aims to cover as broad a spectrum of writers as possible.

There are DVDs available to loan, two daily newspapers and online subscriptions to: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Jstor, MASSOLIT, Hodder A Level Magazines, Very Short Introductions, London Review of Books, The Paris Review, History Today, Proquest History Study Centre, New Scientist, the BMJ, Philosophy Now, Digimap and Grove Music.

Regular author visits, book fairs, reading group meetings, competitions and the annual Reading Week enhance the student experience. We are a founding member of the Two Cities Book Award.

A selection of reading lists are available to download below but there are many more which can either be collected directly from the library or downloaded from the library area of Firefly.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10 and 11

Year 12 and 13 

Lower School classic fiction 

Middle School classic fiction 

Opening times

Monday to Thursday: 8.00am – 4.30pm for loans and 4.30pm – 5.30pm for reference only purposes. 

Friday: 8.00am – 3.30pm for loans and 3.30pm – 4.30pm for reference only purposes.

Contact the library

If you would like to contact the library please email

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