The Library is housed in what was originally the school chapel, extended in the 1950s to create a dining hall, and re-designed in 1999 with the addition of a new mezzanine floor. This has created an interesting combination of old panelled walls and stained glass windows with new metal staircases and open-plan upper floors, which house the Careers and ICT areas. The ground floor is now home to approximately 22 000 resources and 42 work spaces.
His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, officially opened the new Library on 1 July 2000.
The Library staff consist of a school librarian and library assistant. It is open from 9.00am to 6.00pm every week day, most of Saturday, and also Sunday afternoon, for quiet study, research, ICT, and Careers and Information Skills lessons. There is a wide selection of books catering to all academic subjects taught at Rydal Penrhos School, including a foreign languages section, as well as books and DVDs that can be taken out for pleasure.
Every term the Library receives guest speakers and authors, who provide a wonderful accompaniment to pupils’ studies and enjoyment of learning. Please visit the Library’s What’s On page to find out more.