Library

The Pulman Library is a welcoming, lively and modern learning resource centre. Set in the heart of HMSG, we aim to inspire a love of literature and to create confident, independent and inquisitive researchers. We stock over 17,000 fiction and reference books – from the classics to the latest releases – and support the curriculum by offering a vibrant mix of traditional resources alongside the latest online academic publications. Our comprehensive Information Literacy and Research Programme extends to each year-group, nurturing vital lifelong learning skills.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 6pm, Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm (4pm before holidays)

Librarian: Mrs A Lingham BA (Librarianship)

Assistant Librarian: Mrs S Matthews BA Hons

Library Assistant: Mrs J Miles BA Ed

Information Literacy Programme

Commencing in Year 7, pupils receive timetabled lessons with trained research professionals to introduce the concept of independent research. Tutorials aim to inspire confidence in the use of a range of media and to discern the best quality information.

The library offers support and guidance to all students with their studies and research. This includes working with academic departments to create and deliver tailored research tips, advice and tutorials for specific subjects, coursework and lessons.

Cross-curricular research days are planned, during which Year 8 pupils are given topics to research using different types of media.

Year 10 pupils (choosing to undertake HMSG’s Individual Research Essay) and Sixth Form (completing the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to support their university applications) can receive support, advice and guidance from library staff.

Individual or group refresher sessions are always available to students on request.

Oodles of online resources

Finding, accessing and discerning the best quality information and research for study is frequently a challenge in today’s world of ‘instant’ digital information.

In order to ensure both pupils and staff are able to enjoy the best and most up-to-date resources, academic opinions and comment on subjects or events in the news, The Pulman Library staff have developed Oodles – an online virtual library of resources.

Oodles offers pupils instant access to the latest journals, articles, periodicals and academic publications from home, the boarding houses – or wherever they complete research or homework – as well as within the library itself. Access is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by logging onto the School intranet and clicking onto the library icon.

Accelerated Reader

HMSG is committed to the importance and promotion of reading. In addition to providing books for study and pleasure, The Pulman Library supports the English Department to promote literacy throughout the School using the Renaissance Accelerated Reader programme.

This ground-breaking reading scheme enables pupils to quickly browse and select books suitable for both their reading ability and comprehension levels. Thousands of fiction books – both classic and modern – have been graded according to the programme, which encourages pupils to read more widely and in greater volume. Pupils then complete an online quiz on each book they read, enabling staff to monitor pupils’ reading and comprehension progress closely.

Author visits, clubs and events

Online Book Club

Designed to accommodate even the busiest pupils, members can access an exclusive digital book club area on the library intranet. They can chat online about the latest books they are reading and post work they have created, as well as keep up-to-date with the latest book releases and author news. The club meets once a term for a ‘Literary Lunch’, where members can enjoy first pick of the latest new books in the library.

Author Visits and Big Lit Quiz

Introducing pupils to the authors who write the books they enjoy is a great way to inspire and nurture a love of reading. Recent visiting authors have included acclaimed fantasy author Katherine Roberts and exciting new young adult authors CJ Daugherty and Laura Powell.

Every year pupils, parents and staff are also invited to enjoy a fun and informal literary quiz.