There are two Libraries at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. Each is open all day, every day, and stocked with age-appropriate materials designed to foster a lifelong love of reading. The Junior School Library serves pupils from Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) to Year 8 and the Senior School Library serves pupils from Year 7 to Year 13 (Sixth Form).
The libraries currently hold over 25,000 volumes of both fiction and non-fiction titles, and are continuously expanded with new publications and online resources to support the school’s curriculum, and the needs and interests of the pupils. The library also subscribes to various magazines and online databases that help introduce senior school pupils to crucial independent research and critical evaluation skills.
Pupils in Pre-Prep and Prep School attend a lesson in the library every week as part of the curriculum and can visit the library in their free time throughout the day. The libraries are staffed with full-time librarians that are available to make sure that the pupils get help in choosing and finding reading materials that are appropriate to their ability. They are ably assisted by our team of pupil Library Assistants who are on hand at break times to inspire their peers with their enthusiasm for reading. The libraries’ catalogue is accessible through the VLE for pupils to search for books from wherever they are.
The librarians organise various programmes throughout the school year to encourage pupils to see reading as a pleasurable and fun activity. Among these are The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals and Awesome Book Awards Reading Challenges, house competitions and our annual World Book Day celebrations, when all pupils and staff come to school dressed as characters from books and the whole day is spent on activities related to children’s literature.