The Chiu and Pullman Libraries
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The Chiu Library

The renovated and extended Chiu Library opened its doors to the Harrow community on 20th September 2017. With a print collection in excess of 16,000 volumes and a range of online resources, the library supports all students in years 6-13.

All Year 6 classes complete a scavenger hunt introducing them to the Library and giving them the chance to explore independently. Many students have come from the Lower School and are familiar with our Destiny library catalogue, available to search on the iPads stationed around the Library.

Prep Phase students have a weekly class in the Library, led by a member of the English Department and supported by the Upper School Librarian. Students follow a scheme of work exploring types of writing and genre and use the Library actively in classes. Over an eight week period classes follow a guided Group Reading programme that enables them to explore a novel in depth.

SR5 students continue to use the Library in English classes. As in Prep Phase, students benefit from access to the Thai collection and use the library widely in support of other subjects. The Shell Project Challenge Days include Library-based elements on research and source evaluation developing Year 9 students’ transferable information skills. Students in this Phase may opt to become Library Monitors contributing to the smooth functioning of the library, helping with everyday jobs such as shelving and processing new stock. Work in this role often contributes to students’ successful completion of the International Bronze Award or as a contribution to their Leadership Curriculum.

Once in the Sixth Form Library use diversifies further. Art students benefit from the dedicated collection focusing on all aspects of the STEAM curriculum; Science students regularly visit the Library to collect issues of journals and new texts. All subjects benefit from the extension reading lists compiled by the Library staff in conjunction with subject teachers. The Upper School Librarian contributes to the Extended Project Qualification and all students gain access to Questia School, an online research database with extensive journal and e-book content.

Year 12 students act as monitors, developing their leadership skills through supporting and supervising younger students every lunchtime. The Upper School Librarian also works with a small team of Year 12 students running an outreach service in the Rayleigh Centre.

In addition to supporting the Upper School curriculum, the Young Curators’ Club uses the Library to manage and display the Artefact collection and the Library offers ‘Books in the Bubble’, a reading group offered as part of the Activities programme. The Upper School Librarian also co-ordinates events including competitions, whole-school author visits and the annual Great Prep Reading Quiz.

Follow the Library on Twitter: @HarrowBKKLibrar to keep pace with our developments.


The Pullman Library

The newly built and designed Pullman Library was opened in January 2017 by the British Ambassador, Brian Davidson. It is situated between the Infant and Junior school buildings and is at the heart of the Lower School. It has two floors, one for fiction and the other for non-fiction and has a classroom area for research lessons.

Students from Reception age up to Year 5 have weekly Library lessons in the Pullman Library to familiarise them with the collection of 16,000 books. Students can access our Destiny library catalogue from iPads and computers in the Library and from home. Every half-term, all year groups are loaned an extensive range of topics books from the Library related to their curriculum topic. We have a large selection of Thai books and we are keen to increase the number books of other languages.  Parental borrowing is also encouraged before, during and after school and especially during the school holidays.

For Toddlers and Pre Nursery there is an Early Years Centre (EYC) Library which was started in August 2017. We have over 3,500 Toddler books, easy fiction and simple non-fiction books to borrow. 

The Pullman Library is an extremely popular place at lunchtimes where students are often engrossed in reading or enjoying themselves in the iCREATE weekly activities run by the Library staff.  During the year there are many library competitions for all ages and every year there is a visiting author to inspire the students.

We try to encourage a love of reading in every child which embodies our motto ’Today a reader, tomorrow a leader’.