The Library enjoys a prime position at the centre of the School in Stowe House. It occupies the Temple Family's Eighteenth Century 'state Library', an extensive 'room' with original inset bookcases on two levels, a beautiful ornate ceiling, sumptuous leather armchairs, and shuttered windows offering wonderful views across the Capability Brown landscaped gardens - a great setting for academic study.
A major restoration project took place by Stowe House Preservation Trust throughout the academic year 2009/2010. This involved a full restoration of the ceiling undertaken by a team of conservators from Cliveden Conservation. In addition, the restoration project included the provision of new bespoke furniture; the installation of new computers and new lighting.
ICT facilities are fully integrated within the Library with PCs, laptop connection ports, and wireless access to the School's network. All pupils and staff are encouraged to use the Library's facilities for both academic study and recreation. Resources include fiction and non-fiction books, periodicals, online subscription databases, and film and music DVDs. The Library's intranet pages give Stoics and staff access to the Library's online catalogue which provides details of resources held in the main Library and libraries held by individual Departments, as well as links to a range of online subscription databases and useful websites.
The Library plays a key role in developing information literacy skills, working with Academic Departments to promote effective use of Library resources and to encourage Stoics' independent learning throughout Stowe and beyond. Stoics are helped to gain confidence and familiarity with the Library system through Library induction classes. Displays and visits from acclaimed authors help the Stoics to view the Library as much more than just an aid to learning.