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Important Announcement - please read

Current changes to the Library service due to COVID-19:

1. To reduce handling of stock by multiple people, you currently cannot 'browse' by removing items from the shelves. We are running a click and collect service instead to give you access to our books, talking books and DVDs. See this separate guide for details. You can also come to the Library and ask a member of Library staff to retrieve a book from the shelf for you. Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days before being put back into circulation.

2. All students may enter the foyer but only if they need to speak to staff at the desk or to collect reserved items - please wear masks. Access to the main Library is only as follows:

  • Daytime: Form 7 day students (Upper Floor) and Form 5 day students (Ground Floor)
  • Evening: Form 7 boarders (Upper Floor) and Form 6 boarders (Ground Floor)

The Library will be for silent, individual study only during the school day and evening prep under the current conditions. Masks may be removed once seated as long as you are sitting at least 2m from anyone else. Please clean your desk or computer with the wipes provided before and after use. A one way system is in place. Please follow the signs.

These measures are under constant review, and any changes posted here.

Opening hours

Monday- Friday: 08.30-21.15

Saturday:  08.00-16:00
Sunday:  Closed: (Leave Out)

Access beyond the foyer is restricted (see announcement box), but a click and collect service is available. Please contact us by email for any support or queries.

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Library address: Ashwell Road, Oakham, LE15 6QG

Lower School LibGuides

Lower School guides:

The Archives

Welcome to the Smallbone Library


Reading lists and suggestions:
Recreational and informational reading for students and staff (print and online).

COMING SOON: How to... guides:

All the how to... guides from our other guides collected together.



LibGuides for the whole school:

Middle School LibGuides

Middle School guides:

Staff LibGuides

Staff Guide to the Library *COMING SOON* but the Guide to the Library and its services is suitable for pupils and staff, and see below for other staff-specific resources.

Upper School LibGuides

General Upper School guides:




The FOSIL Cycle of Inquiry

Normal term-time Library opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 08:30-21:15
Sat: 08:00-16:00
Sun: 14:00-18:00