The Library is the centre for independent learning and the teaching of research skills throughout the school. It provides a well-stocked, studious, stimulating environment for girls of all ages at the very heart of the school and plays an important part in encouraging and supporting pupils in their independent study and research. Supported by a highly qualified team, girls can pursue their own interests, develop the habit of quiet reading, and learn when and how to use a range of library resources. In addition the school archives are maintained and developed by library staff, who aim to use the collections for the benefit of both the school community and external researchers.


The Senior School Library official website.

NLCS has a dedicated library website providing students with a wealth of information and guidance including:

• A reading page, with links to various sites where you can find award winning books and titles recommended by genre and age group.
• Links to aid research, including a downloadable version of online sources enabling access to reliable sites from home using the username and passwords specified.
• Current book news and events, with links.
• Library information.
• A page dedicated to the school archive.

You can access the site at 


Meet the Department

Mrs K. Morgan, BA (Hons), MCLIP - Head Librarian/Archivist, responsible for Art & Design, Modern Languages and Science

Mrs J. Bartlett B.A (Hons), M.Lib, MCLIP - Librarian, responsible for Classics, Economics, Geography, Music and Maths

Mr T. Chan BSc (Hon) MA, MHKLA - Librarian, responsible for Drama, English, History, Politics and RS 

Mrs A. Kenny, BA, MA, RMARA - Archivist

Mrs J. Murray, BA, MA, DipLib - Library Assistant

Mrs G. Goad - Library Administrative Assistant

What the department does

The McLauchlan Library was opened in March 1999 by the author Penelope Lively, and is named after Madeline McLauchlan, who was Headmistress when the building opened in 1983 as a theatre. There are study spaces on four floors for about 100 students, with access to state-of-the-art ICT facilities and to over 27,000 resources, including journals, books and audio-visual materials.

The Library is open throughout the day, and before and after school. Each librarian has responsibility for specific subject departments, and this liaison ensures that links are maintained, that information needs are anticipated, and that the development of research and information skills in all students can be integrated within the curriculum.

Librarians conduct classes on how to conduct research, how to avoid plagiarism, how to search the Internet and how to create bibliographies and write abstracts. This encourages students to develop the skills they need to become lifelong learners. Pupils are encouraged to exploit the full range of resources that proximity to London can offer, and can also access a wide range of academic material using membership of the British Library and other institutions, and by means of a growing number of electronic subscription services.

Pupils of all ages use these facilities and services in their independent study, learning how to research both efficiently and effectively. A natural progression of skills is encouraged, commencing as soon as pupils join the school, progressing through the GCSE years and culminating in the work done for AS and A2 examinations and within the International Baccalaureate. There is also the opportunity to conduct independent research as part of a range of symposia in partnership with other schools. Whether in class work, homework, coursework or the International Baccalaureate extended essay, students learn to research in a thorough and well organised way.



The NLCS Archive is of national importance and encompasses the foundation of the school and the struggle for women’s education in Britain from the mid 19th century onwards, as well as the significant achievements of accomplished ONLs.There is also a wealth of material on the life of James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos (1674-1744), on the impressive residence he built at Canons, and on the subsequent owners of the house. All sections of the school community benefit from access to these unique resources, and this enhances and enriches the life of the school. A highlight of the school year is Founder's Day, when the whole school celebrates our illustrious tradition. All staff in the library are able to help with enquiries related to the archives, the history of NLCS and the history of Canons.

Find out more about the NLCS archive

Extra Curricular Activities

There are many opportunities for girls to become involved in activities in the library as part of their extra-curricular life. They introduce speakers, participate in discussions, report on activities for the school magazine and website, and take part in groups. Students organise book discussion groups during the lunch break and can become library monitors completing a training scheme and becoming involved in the running of the library.



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