Charterhouse Library is at the absolute heart of the School, both literally and metaphorically. Housed in a magnificent Victorian building designed by Philip Hardwick, the Library has in recent times been significantly remodelled and refurbished. It is staffed by a friendly team of four librarians, led by a professional Research Librarian, ensuring that there is always help and guidance available to pupils and all members of the wider Charterhouse community.
The Library houses over 30,000 books, plus a wide selection of newspapers and magazines. A large e-book and e-audiobook collection complements the physical collection to promote reading for pleasure for all pupils. Equally important is the extensive range of online subscriptions available to aid research across all subjects. This includes JSTOR, The Very Short Introductions series, Cambridge Companions, The Economist and Massolit. In addition, the Library maintains The Carthusian Collection (books both by and about Old Carthusians), and the Rare Book collection, housed in the magnificent Gallery Room. These collections are available for consultation (by appointment) by visiting researchers and academics.
Encouraging a love of reading is a hugely important aspect of the Library’s role. In addition to regular newsletters, displays and competitions, the Library produces leaflets for Fourths promoting a range of genres from dystopia to fantasy to the best whodunnits. Additionally, The 99 is the Charterhouse Reading List – brilliant fiction and non-fiction titles to entertain, challenge and stretch.
Whether pupils are searching for information, reading for pleasure, or looking for a quiet place to study, our Library will serve their needs.
Mrs Sarah Pritchard
Senior and Research Librarian