The Fr Crehan Library
The College library was started in Bulawayo in 1901, and is the second oldest library in Zimbabwe. The present library building was built in 1940, and was designed along the lines of libraries at Oxford and Cambridge, with long windows along the sides to let in as much natural light as possible. The bookcases in the library were handmade by one of the College Jesuits out of mukwa wood, and the floors are teak. No sooner had the library building been completed, than it was decided to use it as a temporary chapel. The library collection finally came home to its present location in 1973, when the present College chapel was completed.
In 1980, it became the Fr Crehan Library, named after Father Thomas Crehan who dedicated much of his 46 years here to building up the library collection.
Our library has a collection of over 16 000 titles, and is one of the biggest school libraries in Zimbabwe. This includes reference works, a study collection, periodicals and an extensive fiction selection, which is divided up into age-appropriate materials, as well as writing of different genres, and subjects. The collection is constantly updated with new titles to keep the library a dynamic, living entity.
Books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks. A maximum of two books may be taken out at any one time. Books may be renewed after the due date provided the borrower does not have an outstanding library fine; any overdue books or there is no one else waiting for the book.
Reference books and books that are deemed irreplaceable are not available on loan. Borrowers may use these books in our library. Current copies of journals and magazines do not go out either.
Overdue Books, Lost Books & Damaged Books
Overdue books will accrue a fine. Lost books must be paid for by the borrower regardless of the circumstances of the loss. There will be a minimum charge of $25.00 per lost book which will cover the cost of the book and the processing charges. If the replacement of the lost book exceeds $25.00, the borrower will be responsible for the entire replacement cost. Books must be returned in the same condition that they were checked out. The same penalties that apply to lost books will apply to damaged books.
The library has Internet-linked computers that students may use for academic purposes. The use of the computers is monitored to ensure responsible use of the resources.