King's Worcester

3 March

Love Reading? You’ll Love Our Library!

With over 15,000 books, 36 newspaper and journal subscriptions, and access to 3,000 audiobooks and e-books, who could not fail to love our school library?

With World Book Day firmly at the top of most parents’ agenda this week, we thought it would be timely to share an insight into our impressive, award-winning school library and the enviable provision we have here at King’s.

The Matthew Armstrong Library, aptly named after our late Headmaster Matthew Armstrong (2013-2018) who had a passion for reading for pleasure, is open 50 hours a week, has two full-time professional librarians and seven very popular year group book clubs with almost 100 members. It is very well resourced, offering pupils an impressive, broad spectrum of resources, supporting not only the academic curriculum but also wider pupil interests and well-being!

The inclusive and diverse range of fiction includes everything from graphic novels and manga to classics, with a wide range of best-sellers and literary award winners. There is an emphasis on contemporary young adult fiction and providing as much choice as possible. A remarkable 6,000 pupil book loans are issued every year.

Located at the heart of our school, the library is very popular with pupils and staff, who very much enjoy studying and reading there. It is a very beautiful and calm space, housed over two floors with a choice of study areas for group or private study. Every year the library welcomes popular authors for inspirational events; recent authors include Michelle Paver, Robin Stevens, Cathy Cassidy, Lauren St John, Alex Scarrow, Jonathan Stroud, Clare Balding and Michael Grant.

Discover more via our virtual tour or short film below:-

The King's Library 360 Tour

King's Library Film

Pupils rave about the resources and support on offer here. Through English lessons, Form and House time, King’s actively encourages regular visits, as well as being a resource to support with school homework, coursework, Extended Project Qualification Research and private reading too.

“When I am surrounded by books in the Library, I feel empowered to bring about change in my world, just as the characters in books do in theirs. The Library is much more than just a house for books; it is a reservoir of knowledge through which anyone, big or small, can transform themselves and, consequently, their community.” Riya M, Fifth Form


“Overall, the library is one of the nicest places in the school, as it allows a quiet and peaceful place either to get lost in a great book or get some valuable schoolwork done. The range of books available is astounding, and I thoroughly enjoy every minute I spend there, especially helped by the lovely librarians!” Max B, Fifth Form


“The number of books available is constantly growing and, as such, there is always something new and exciting to discover, along with old favourites. I find I can always find something new that piques my interest whenever I go by the shelves, and the feeling of finding something new and exciting which goes along with it never, ever gets old. My advice to everyone is to not to stop reading as there is always a new world, story or universe which is just a few page-turns away and which is just waiting to be discovered. My favourite place in the school has always been the library.” Rowan D, Upper Sixth


The Entrance to The Matthew Armstrong Library, School House, King’s Worcester. 

King's Library