The Hamp Library is very much at the centre of the school: a place where private study is encouraged and a love of reading is promoted.
Open from 8am-6pm Monday – Friday, the Library can seat 80 students with a mezzanine floor and individual carrels which provide quiet study spaces.
The Library has a total stock of around 16,000 items. The Times, Guardian and i newspapers are taken daily, together with First News and The Week Junior, plus a wide range of magazines to support the curriculum and for general interest. There are twelve computers linked to the school network , plus two dedicated catalogue search computers.
A wide range of fiction is held, and all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have fortnightly Library lessons to promote reading for pleasure and encourage sustained reading. These year groups are also issued with reading passports which enable English teachers to monitor reading. Year 7 students take part in the Reading Round the World Challenge, and Year 8 students participate in the Reading Through Time Challenge, before the Year 9 Genre Challenge. Year 10 and 11 students have occasional reading lessons in the Library to encourage recreational reading.
A thriving weekly Library Club takes place during the winter and spring terms for Years 7 and 8, and in the summer term a smaller group meets to read and discuss books which have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Colfes’s enters book quizzes and has recently had a remarkable run of success, both locally and nationally.