In response to the global coronavirus outbreak, St Peter’s School, York has implemented a strict visitor policy to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the whole school community. Following instructions from the government, the school site will be closed to pupils (apart from children of key workers) from the end of the day on Friday 20 March with no indication given of when that situation will change. We ask that all non-essential visitors also stay away from the school at this time. If your visit is essential, please read our visitor policy before you visit the school.

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St Peter's School


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Our library is named after Alcuin, the Northumbrian scholar who worked under Charlemagne and taught at St Peter's School in 750 AD.

The Library at St Peter’s provides a calm and quiet environment that encourages learning and reading for pleasure, in one of the older and most historic buildings on campus.

Staffed by a full-time chartered Librarian, the library is open six days a week and carries a stock of approximately 14,000 items in a huge variety of media.

To support pupils in their studies we offer a wide ranging collection of information and learning materials related to the curriculum, tuition for students on how to use the library and encouragement to integrate library resources into student learning.

library photoAll library materials are listed on ‘Oliver’, the Library Catalogue, which is accessible throughout the school. Pupils can request, reserve and renew items online in addition to creating search lists and consulting a variety of reading lists. The Library also subscribes to a number of electronic resources which are available via our Virtual Learning Environment iFawkes.

In order to promote the library’s key role in fostering a positive attitude to books and a genuine love of reading, we organise a variety of opportunities to engage with literature, such as author visits and book award shadowing events.

Pupil involvement in the Library is also encouraged. There is a Library Committee which is reformed annually, comprising a pupil representative from each House and a member of the teaching staff.

Pupils can also choose training in Library Skills to contribute towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Sixth Form pupils receive separate inductions, are entitled to borrow a greater number of resources, and can request items via The British Library, if appropriate, for independent studies in subjects such as History and English.

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What shall I read next?

Lovereading4schools offers suggestions for all age groups alongside reading suggestions from our Library. You will need to register as a parent to access our lists. Click here to access.

Contact the Library

Amy Wong, Librarian
Telephone: 01904 527353

The School Archives

The School has a collection of Archives (early records of the School).

If you are interested in the Archives you are welcome to visit by prior arrangement through contacting our volunteer Archivist Ian Lancaster at Please note that Ian only works part-time. If your enquiry is urgent please contact Philippa Dunford-Jeffs at