There are three libraries at Claremont Fan Court School: The main Senior School library in the mansion, and two more in the Preparatory and the Pre-Preparatory and Nursery Schools.
Senior School library
Located in one of the principal rooms of the mansion, this contains some 8000 items – books, DVDs, newspapers, magazines and online resources, providing students with an invaluable resource for learning and reading for pleasure.
The SS library catalogue can be searched online, and shows library news, book reviews and links to online resources.
The library is open throughout the school day from 8am, and is popular for break and lunchtime activities such as chess.
Pageturners book club is held twice a term between 1-2pm in Beatrice. Members from Year 7 and 8 chat about books (anything from special titles to particular themes) over a packed lunch.
The library produces a range of booklists, from new fiction to A level background reading, and also useful factsheets on topics such as writing CVs and bibliographies.
Senior School reading lists:
Preparatory School library
At the Close, this has about 3200 items, including a new selection of audiobooks. The Preparatory School library catalogue can also be searched online and shows book images, summaries, reviews and website links.
Pre-Preparatory and Nursery School library
We have an exciting new library in the entrance hall, with about 1500 books. Please click here to search the catalogue.
Library news and events
The Library takes an enthusiastic part in promoting book weeks, World Book Day and National Poetry Day, and we regularly welcome authors, poets and illustrators to speak to our students and organise book fairs and other fun events.
World Book Day 2019
We were delighted to welcome author, Jonathan Stroud, to Claremont Fan Court in March to celebrate World Book Day. Jonathan Stroud is the creator of the bestselling series Lockwood & Co, about psychic investigator Anthony Lockwood and his intrepid team - an irresistible mix of horror and humour. He also wrote the Bartimaeus sequence, featuring a grumpy, sarcastic and resourceful djinn. Click here to read the article.