Shrewsbury School


The Moser Library was originally opened in 1916. Following a major refurbishment programme to create a modern independent learning environment while still preserving the heritage of the original building, the new Library was reopened in September 2017. The architect for the project was Old Salopian Adrian James, and the School is very grateful to the major donors, the Cassidy Family and Mr Kenneth Ng, and to all the Old Salopians and parents who supported the project.

The Library provides access to approximately 40,000 print books, 500 e-books, a selection of print and online magazines and newspapers.

Library staff are available whenever the Library is open to support students in their research and studies or to recommend some great reads. We can also order books and magazines for students at reduced rates.

Our new-look Moser Library has a variety of study spaces to accommodate different styles of study. The desks have been carefully designed to provide task lighting and integral sockets so that students have the space to use both print and on-line resources. In each of the study zones there are comfortable leather armchairs to encourage students to curl up and read.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful collection of ancient books. The value and fragility of these artefacts meant that they were previously housed in locked rooms to which students had only limited access. We now have very prominent display cabinets in the Churchill’s Room, which are purpose-built to protect and display some of the treasures.

The Moser Gallery contains a collection of 19th Century watercolours left to the Library by Edward Moser, who gave the building its name.  Specially designed picture storage, which protects the watercolours from light and theft, means that the Gallery is now always open and provides additional, inspirational study space.

A new Group Study Room has been built into the roof of the old Moser Gallery. This quirky, light-filled room is a space that students can use for group projects, and staff can book for meetings and seminars.


For further information or queries, please contact Verity Jones, Head Librarian on 01743 280595 or

For enquiries about the extensive School Archive and to visit the Ancient Library, please contact Dr Robin Brooke-Smith, Taylor Librarian and Archivist at

You can also follow the Library on Twitter: library@shewsy

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