Busy First Term for New Library
The start of the 2015 new school year at Culford began in spectacular fashion, with the opening of the new £2.2 million landmark library building. Pupils, alumni, teachers and staff gathered outside the completed building to watch Old Culfordian and generous benefactor to the project, Professor Harry Watson, cut the ribbon and declare the library officially open.
Headmaster Julian Johnson-Munday was keen to promote the library as more than just a storage space for literature. He stressed that, “This stunning new building offers an inviting, light and open space for our pupils to go and study and a place where they can fulfil their potential as independent learners.”
It looks like the Headmaster’s expectations have been met, as the library has thrived in its opening term. The statistics speak for themselves; according to School Librarian Lesley Martin, in the half term running up to Christmas, the library had 5,000 visits and loans are at an all-time high.
The Sixth Form have made great use of their exclusive mezzanine floor with coffee facilities, quiet study areas, and wi-fi. The 80-seat lecture theatre has hosted several talks including one by Professor Simon Horobin, Oxford fellow and guest speaker for the Scholars’ Programme. The foyer has been the location of many events including National Poetry Day Open Mic and recent Prep School parents’ evenings.
As a building that is located centrally between the pastoral and academic hubs of the school, the library is also firmly establishing itself at the heart of Culford’s academic life.