Help us to create a place where great thinking happens. A stimulating space to learn, study and collaborate, a place to be proud of our heritage and to influence the future.


The Library Appeal is the School’s first large-scale capital campaign. We believe our world class students deserve a world class facility offering twenty-first century technology and design ideas that will help inspire future generations of Blue Coat doctors, engineers, lawyers, artists and academics.

The library as it currently stands is not used to its full potential, with areas of poorly utilised space and outdated facilities and resources. Last year we consulted with our students and staff to find out what they would want from a new library and their feedback has informed our vision for what the new library will include. The Library Appeal will enable us to raise the funds needed to make our new library vision a reality.

Our new library will include:

  • A full refurbishment including improved lighting and access
  • Increased capacity for students
  • Quiet study pods
  • Collaborative group work areas
  • Flexible book and resource storage
  • Increased investment in books, periodicals, journals and online resources
  • State-of-the-art IT facilities
  • Dedicated space to host visiting guest speakers
  • Bespoke zonal areas for reading, collaborating and extra-curricular activities.

Thanks go to Old Blue Matt Waddelow from the Class of 2007 for creating some CGI images of what our new library could look like, following on from a student and staff consultation.

How much do we need to raise?

We are working to a target of raising £1 million to enable the project to happen.

How will we raise the funds?

The new library facility will be completely funded through voluntary contributions. We will raise the funds needed through major philanthropic gifts from individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate organisations. In addition we hope our parents, Old Blues and the wider school community will support the appeal in whatever way they can to collectively make a big impact on the campaign.

What are our timescales?

We are aiming to raise the funds needed within the next three years and plan to celebrate the end of the campaign during May 2020.

Support the Library Appeal

If you would like to make a donation to our Library Appeal please download our Library Appeal Donation Form & Gift Aid Declaration and return to the Development Office. All donations of all sizes collectively make a big impact. Thank you for your support.