Main library

The Library news letter, the Owl Post is now available here.


Mrs Dring and Miss Szczerbinska, the Librarians at Ripon Grammar School, manage two areas to support the highest possible standards in education by providing reliable information resources, delivering information literacy skills and, of course, promoting and encouraging reading for pleasure.

As well as supporting lessons in the library, staff also organise a host of activities and competitions, ensuring the library is a vibrant place that encourages students to get involved. The librarians are there to help students who need assistance in searching for, or using, any of the library resources.


The main Library aims to be the vibrant hub of the school. It is a well-used, whole school resource.

  • Open 8.30am-5.00pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am-4pm on Fridays
  • Use the space for working or reading during break and lunchtimes
  • Sixth Form students can use it during their free periods.
  • Computers for work and research.
  • Teachers may also book the library for a lesson in order to use the resources or the support of the librarians in promoting good research skills.
  • Events and activities throughout the year, such as quizzes, well-being craft sessions, dedicated reading weeks, author visits and displays.

Here is a news report about the visit from author Robyn Stevens last year:

Students said:

I loved reading week a lot! Because it introduced me to lot of new types of reading and different subjects!”

Reading week was a chance to read genres of books I have never tried just to give them a go.




  • A large, up-to-date collection of junior and young adult fiction
  • Professional and experienced Librarians who know their stock and are always on hand to suggest the right book for each individual reader.
  • Year 7 pupils have a weekly Library Lesson in which they learn how to use a wide range of information resources effectively to undertake independent research for a variety of cross-curricular projects.
  • Independent learning skills sessions during subject lessons for all year groups.


  • Use of the Library facilities independently through the day for private study.
  • Professional Librarians to assist with finding reliable resources.
  • Independent inquiry skills sessions to ensure students can find and use reliable information effectively.
  • Support for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Students working towards their EPQ said:

“Thank you, these are all so unbelievably helpful - I was getting slightly lost when it came to different sources for my EPQ so this is brilliant!!”

“All of these websites have been really helpful. I feel like it's given me a bit of a direction. Thank you so much for the help.”