'Hanging books' - photograph by Thomas Gulgnard

‘Hanging books’ – photograph by Thomas Gulgnard

Welcome to Cramond Library, a library for students and staff of New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

Library hours: 8.35 am – 3.45 pm Monday – Friday, term time

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Ms Gibbons

Kia ora, I’m Ms Gibbons your library manager. I’ve worked in public and school libraries in Christchurch, Whangarei and New Plymouth. Of course I love books! But I also love creating a space where you can read, study, chat with your friends (quietly!), work on an assignment or discover random information you hadn’t realised you needed to know.

Favourite book in the library: The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

The book I most recommend: Nexus, by Ramez Naam

Favourite book growing up: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

Most annoying book character: Bella, from Twilight – sooo whining and utterly pathetic!

Best book I’ve ever read: Just too hard to choose – don’t make me!

Favourite author: Barbara Kingsolver

Miss Macdonald

Hi, I’m Miss Macdonald your library assistant. I’m currently studying for my Diploma in Library and Information Studies. I’m also digitising the ‘Taranakian’ magazines and am excited about archiving the school’s history and heritage.

Favourite book in the library: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Favourite book growing up: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Most annoying book character:  Zoey Redbird from The House of Night Series By P.C. And Kristin Cast

Best book I’ve ever read: Ooh that’s hard!! The Host by Stephenie Meyer was pretty good

Favourite Genre: Fantasy or Historical fiction

Favourite author: Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind, Philippa Gregory – Hard to choose just one!


Library Kaupapa

Instead of shushing students to silence, libraries are now vibrant and diverse environments catering to the different needs of our school community: study, reading, relaxing in a variety of ways, catching up with friends and of course, the time-honoured tradition of last-minute homework.

These days, our library has both noisy and quiet spots, students listening to music with headphones or watching the latest game on a device. Above all, our boys love sharing and collaborating. This is the ‘new normal’ and I love it!

Please read the library kaupapa to ensure everyone enjoys their library experience.

Library History

The first library was established when the school opened in 1882, with a grand total of 200 books. It moved seven times before a purpose-built library opened in 1939. This beautiful building is now known as ‘the old library’ and has been re-purposed as a dormitory following the deconstruction of Carrington House in 2014. In 1986 Cramond Library was built, named after Geoffrey Crammond, headmaster from 1972-1978.


Borrow a book
Books and e-books are issued for three weeks and can be renewed twice (unless reserved)

Log on to the school computers to print – $ comes off your print account

Log in to the photocopier to photocopy – $ comes off your print account



Give your assignments that professional look – $2.50 (minimum of 5 pages)

Binding image


Yes we do!   A4 ($1.00) and A3 ($2.00)