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The Library

From Douglas Adams to Marcus Zusak, the Humphry Davy School library has over 5500 books in stock for students and staff to borrow. Take your pick from fact, fiction, graphic novels, poetry, quick reads and magazines, for readers who want a shorter text.

The library is also home to Careers. Here students can pick up a college prospectus or have a chat with the Careers Advisor about their plans for the future.

Encouraging a positive reading culture in and out of school is of paramount importance to us, and fittingly the library is home to several reading groups, including, the Kernow Youth Book Award (KYBA). KYBA students read six specially selected books chosen by participating schools across Cornwall, before choosing their favourite and attending an exclusive award ceremony held at the The Eden Project, St Austell . Students have previously been involved in The Excelsior Award, a national project, with participants reading eight graphic novels of varying styles and discussing each one before an overall winner is chosen.

We also take part in the Bookbuzz initiative, a BookTrust reading programme that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading. Every Year 7 student is given the opportunity to choose their own book to take home and keep from a list of titles. This always proves popular at the start of their first year at Humphry Davy.

The library is also the perfect space for hosting literary events such as author visits, World Book Day activities and our Primary Literature Festival. 

Students can check library stock availability, read or write reviews and more using the Eclipse Frog page. If there’s a book or series that students think the library really needs, they can suggest their selection to the librarian who reviews all requests throughout the year. Students play a practical role in the refreshment of library stock, and in previous years, have been taken to Waterstones in Truro and The Edge of the World Bookshop in Penzance to select new titles.

If you have any questions regarding the library then please contact the librarian at

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