Mission and Vision

BHS Libraries are the Schools’ centres of knowledge and culture. BHS Libraries aim to nurture the teaching and research process and to encourage lifelong learning, developing students as independent and ethical users and creators of information, in all its different types and formats.

BHS Libraries align with the school’s philosophy, adapting to the changing needs of the learning programmes, curricular objectives, and the needs of young learners and researchers. The Libraries seek to encourage creativity and new ways of learning.

BHS Libraries support the social and cultural wellbeing of readers in this digital world. Promoting reading for leisure, BHS libraries seek to provide users with well-designed and accessible physical and digital spaces to bring the community and information together. To encourage student participation, BHS Libraries plan and deliver a range of activities that spark curiosity and enjoyment, inspiring students to think and respond critically and creatively.

BHS libraries empower multiple literacy skills so that students are able to successfully select, evaluate and enjoy information and all forms of literature.

A new development for 2021 sees the introduction of library representatives across the school in all sections to support the further promotion and integration of the school’s libraries as part of the holistic education provided at BHS.

The Thomas Little Memorial Library in the Upper School is named after Thomas Little who was the Principal of the school between 1895 and 1908.

It has quiet spacious rooms, conducive to reading or research and occasionally hosts informative presentations for students, staff, and the community. In addition to developing reading and literacy skills, the library supports the teaching and learning process and has a positive impact on students’ academic achievements.

There is a large selection of books, periodicals, journals, newspapers, reference books, and audio-visual items. Students can use the computer provided to access the online research library, JSTOR, which includes more than 100,000 e-books, 12 million academic journal articles and more than two million primary sources in 75 disciplines. With this rich collection, students are never at a loss for good reading, be it for pleasure or for academic research. Developing and enriching the library collection is a continuous process.

To introduce younger students to the pleasure and value of reading, the Lower School sections also have their own libraries. There is also a Quaker Library with a wide selection of books about Quakers: their philosophy, religion, biographies and commitment to social and peace studies.

For access to our digital book resources during lockdown, please click HERE.