The school has two libraries, housing in excess of 15,000 books. Both libraries are run by team of Librarians, who are assisted by a group of Student Librarians in each library.
This library caters for students in Years 7 to 11 and is open during morning and lunchtime break periods. It has a vast number of text books and academic resources to meet the curriculum requirements of the students, together with a wide range of fiction books including classic literature and titles by current popular authors.
It receives two daily newspapers and keeps magazines, journals and periodicals both past and present. Students may have access to Kindles and there are four computers for homework use. The library has a school shop where stationery items and equipment can be purchased and it also holds Old Olavian archives and memorabilia.
There are two lunchtime clubs which take place on a weekly basis from 1:00 pm to 1:35 pm. The first is Bookbusters which takes place every Monday and at which members take part in book related activities. The second is Young Writers which takes place every Thursday and which encourages members to write creatively. The library also celebrates book related events and awards such as World Book Day, National Poetry Day and The CILIP Carnegie Medal through various events and displays.
The Main School Library is well used and enjoyed by students in both the lower and middle schools.
This library is used by Years 12 and 13 and is an area of study. It caters for AS and A2 studies and is geared towards preparing students for higher education.
It houses a vast collection of academic material including text books, journals and periodicals to meet the requirements of the AS and A2 courses. Sixth Formers may also borrow laptops and they have access to wireless internet, printing and photocopying facilities.
The library provides careers information and university prospectuses to support students in making their university choices. As the vast majority of them enter the country’s top universities after leaving the school including Oxford and Cambridge and others in the Russell Group, this library supports their application processes by stocking relevant university guides and books suitable for Oxbridge reading.
The Sixth Form Library offers a wide range of literature which includes classic fiction and popular titles written by contemporary authors and also receives two daily newspapers. It is frequently visited and utilised by upper school students on a daily basis.