Library and Learning Lounge

The mission of the Library is to provide a welcoming environment at the heart of our school that is conducive to reading for pleasure and supports students with academic research.  From Early Years through to Year 13, we strive to inspire a love of literature, open minds to a wide range of perspectives and cultivate a community of readers.  We equip our pupils with library skills and support information literacy across all year groups, specifically helping our Sixth Form with research and citation for their Extended Project Qualification.  We work closely with the Leadership Team, Heads of Department and teachers to support the curriculum and give our pupils the research tools they need in every step of their learning journey. The Harrow School Library is a part of a wider community of Hong Kong International School Libraries, as well as the Harrow family of schools sharing best practices and professional development.    

Online

At the start of the 2020 academic year, the Harrow School Library Hub was launched. Students have access to thousands of academic articles, journals, magazines, newspapers and databases to meet all of their research needs whether at home or in school.  Our Sora ebook lending library offers over 1,800 middle grade and young adult novels while our Lower School students have access to Epic ebooks and audiobooks for early readers.  The Library subscribes to a number of databases including Britannica, National Geographic, Gale Virtual Reference Library, BrainPop, JSTOR, Massolit and Hodder A-Level magazine archives.  School-wide newspaper subscriptions now include The FT, SCMP, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Week, plus First News and Learn The News for junior pupils.  We have recently acquired a subscription to Newsbank, a collection of over 6,500 newspapers from around the world which we encourage teachers and pupils to engage with regularly.  Our website is also home to Harrovians Recommend, a page of book reviews and recommendations for students by students.

The Collection

We have over 25,000 books in our library, including an extensive Chinese fiction collection.   We aim to provide a wide range of titles that will expose students to many genres of writing across diverse topics. We are constantly adding new titles, from current best sellers, acclaimed award winners to books recommended by teachers for specific departmental needs to support the curriculum. We also canvas our pupils for their recommendations through our student library representatives. 

Events

The Library hosts virtual author visits throughout the year to promote reading and the creative process behind books. We support and host competitions during Book Week every year and the 2021 Inspired By Books art competition winners are proudly displayed in our Library.  We have introduced the Harrow Library Bistro Events where students are invited to taste different genres from a menu and read samples of books that they might not have read before.  The Library offers a number of SCAs in each term including the Bring Me A Book Hong Kong charity SCA who organise money-raising events for the charity, and the Battle of the Books SCA which is team training for the book-quiz competition held in Hong Kong each year.

Ms Liz Mills-Campbell, Director of Libraries

Mrs Mills-Campbell grew up in Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She has worked in Education in Hong Kong for 10 years both as a School Librarian and as Schools Manager at Scholastic Books in Hong Kong and Macau. She sat as Coordinator of ALESS (Association of Librarians in English Speaking Schools), and on the selection committee of the Hong Kong Golden Dragon Book Awards, and is currently part of the selection committee for the Bring Me A Book read aloud book list.

Before moving to Hong Kong, Mrs Mills-Campbell was part of the senior management team at HarperCollins Children's Books in London where she worked closely with children's authors and illustrators. She is passionate about literature and sharing her enthusiasm for the written word.

She is committed to developing information literacy skills and believes that the Library should be at the very heart of the school to inspire the next generation of readers and equip pupils with the tools they need to navigate the sea of information that is on hand in the 21st Century.