Rosemary Aitken Library

As part of the multi-million pound development to house Keswick School on a single site in 1996, a purpose-built Library was opened in the midst of the complex. The Library is named after Rosemary Aitken who was Head Girl of the School in 1932 and served as a foundation governor for eleven years until her death in 1990. It was officially opened on 18 October 1996 by Chris Pilling, a local poet and translator.

The library is staffed by Mrs Helen Robinson, who also teaches English, and Mrs Marcela Jackson, with additional support from Pupil Librarians. Open throughout the school day, including break and lunch time, many of the Sixth Form choose to use the Library during Private Study for the unrestricted access to resources and quiet studying environment. The Library is also used for Year 7 Accelerated Reader lessons, Key Stage 3 reading time and as a bookable resource for teachers to bring pupils to utilise the space and resources on offer.   The Library houses a wide range of resources including fiction and information books, audio books, internet access, chrome books and educational games.

The computerised circulation and catalogue system used is the MLS Eclipse.net web-based system, installed in 2012 and upgraded to the Reading Cloud in February 2018. Access to the catalogue is available from any network machine in departments and offices anywhere in the school.   Pupils and staff can search the catalogue to find and reserve books and also to find accessible and age appropriate web links. 

Annual activities organised through the Library include a School Book Fair during October and taking part in World Book Day each Spring with a variety of activities over the years.  There are also a number of reading promotion activities which take place throughout the year including the Kids' Lit Quiz for students in Year 7 and 8 and Keswick School's own Book Award.

Carnegie Reading Club and Writers & Illustrators Club are lunch time clubs held in the Library.  To find out more about Keswick School’s Library, please visit www.keswickschoollibrary.weebly.com