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, a wide selection of newspapers, journals, DVDs and audiobooks, and maintains an extensive range of online subscription services covering a wide variety of subjects. The Carthusian Collection consists of books both by and about Old Carthusians and beaks (teachers), and the dedicated Gallery Room houses our Rare Book Collection, which is available for consultation (by appointment) by visiting researchers and academics.
Encouraging reading for pleasure is a hugely important aspect of the Library’s role. In addition to newsletters, displays and competitions, the Library produces a Recommended Reads for Fourths booklet annually, promoting a range of accessible and more challenging titles for our new pupils. Additionally, The Charterhouse Half-Century is a list of fifty titles chosen by current Carthusians as recommendations of exciting, engaging and highly-readable books.
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