The Pulman and Bricknell Libraries

The Pulman Library at Monmouth School for Girls  and The Bricknell Library at Monmouth School for Boys are welcoming, lively and modern learning resource centres housed within stunning historic buildings.

Set within the heart of the schools, the libraries form ‘one library on two sites’. Together, they stock around 26,000 titles which are continually updated, enabling a huge range of choices in both fiction and non-fiction for both pupils and staff.

There are academic and reference works to complement the curriculum in every subject area, and a wide selection of fiction from classics to the latest releases. Pupils and staff can also request new books to support both study and reading for pleasure.

Students and staff from both schools can easily browse, reserve and borrow from either library by using our online library catalogue, with books promptly delivered to their desired location.

Pupils: To search the Monmouth Schools online library catalogue, please click here to link straight to the Libresoft webpage. You will need your library barcode and password.

Opening hours and Afterschool care

Opening hours – daytime

Students and staff are able to reserve and borrow books and access online resources through our online library catalogue 24/7.

The Libraries are open from 8.30am – 6pm, Monday to Friday, term time only. In addition to this, Monmouth School for Boys Library is open from 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays, term time only, except Quiet Weekends.

Afterschool Care 4.05pm – 6.00pm

Both Libraries at Monmouth School for Girls and Monmouth School for Boys are open to students from 4.05pm – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, term time only, for homework / afterschool care. The sessions are supervised by staff and students are required to sign in and out.

Meet the Library Team and contact the Libraries

Meet the Library Team:

Head of Libraries: Saffron Williams BA Hons PG Cert (LISM)

Assistant Librarian: Jo Miles BA Hons Ed

Library Assistants: Hope Lowther, BA Hons, MA(ARM), Ruth Brown BA Hons.

Contact the Libraries at:

The Bricknell Library at Monmouth School for Boys
Tel: 01600 710449

The Pulman Library at Monmouth School for Girls
Tel: 01600 711136 or 01600 711137

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 addition to the thousands of physical books available to borrow from the libraries – and 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 Library Team has developed Oodles – an online virtual library of research resources for students and staff to use.

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 Libraries themselves. This includes resources such as JSTOR, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Day, Issues Online and Essential Articles databases, tutorials, reading lists and much more. 24/7 access for staff and students is available through the school SharePoint site.


Both Libraries house computers on each site for use by staff and students. Students are able to use their own laptops and devices within the Libraries for study and research purposes, and can use the schools’ Wi-Fi systems and printers with their devices.

Research skills and Digital Literacy programmes

Commencing in Year 7, students in both Monmouth School for Boys and Monmouth School for Girls embark on 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 of information, whether it is found in books, magazines or online.

The Libraries offer 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.

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

Reading Awards Scheme

Monmouth School for Boys and Monmouth School for Girls offer unique reading schemes for students to enjoy.

The awards have been specially designed by staff to ensure pupils not only have fun, but also discover a life-long love of reading and a thirst for knowledge.

Reading has been proven to improve academic success, as well as honing a host of skills for life, including empathy, resilience, focus, self-confidence, imagination, decision-making skills, improved vocabulary and more.

Each Award has been constructed to help students achieve these goals whilst reading as widely as possible. Pupils also enjoy choice and freedom about what they read and have the chance to cultivate favourite genres and interests, whilst also encouraging them to challenge and surprise themselves.

Author visits, clubs and events

The Libraries offer a welcoming and friendly setting for break and lunch times, and so is always a popular venue to host a range of regular school clubs and meetings – from reading groups and language cafes to debating and philosophy groups.

Introducing pupils to the authors who write the books they enjoy is a great way to inspire and nurture a love of reading. Authors are booked on a regular basis for both schools – with online author visits now being looked at during current times, to ensure pupils are still able to enjoy meeting authors.

Book sales, author visits and a wide range of events are all enjoyed in both library venues.