The mission of the libraries at the American School in London is to ensure that our students, staff and community gain the knowledge and skills to be effective and conscientious users of ideas and information. We aim to foster a love of literature and learning, and to provide quality print and electronic resources that support the needs and interests of our students, staff and community.

History of the Mellon Library

Named for former US ambassador Andrew W. Mellon, the Mellon Library represents a key academic and recreational resource for students in Grades 5-12, faculty, staff, parents and the extended ASL community.

The 24,500-volume collection includes fiction and non-fiction materials, reference resources, a variety of magazines and newspapers from the US, the UK and Europe, and non-print media including DVDs and audio and ebooks through our Sora online library. The library's catalog, as well as full-text periodical and reference databases are available on the website.

Library facilities include a large study area housing the main print collection, quiet study rooms, and a conference room.

Rules and guidelines

  • The library serves the entire ASL community.  Make your words and actions appropriate for the youngest students and for visitors. Be respectful of people and property.  
  • The library offers spaces for people who wish to work in silence, to work quietly with a friend, or to work collaboratively in groups. While you are here, work productively in ways that allow others to be productive too.
  • Refrain from bringing in food or drink, or talking on your cell phone. Water is allowed.
  • Please return furniture to its proper place and clean up after yourself.


7:45 am to 4:30 pm

Front desk
+44 (0) 20 7449 1255

Venisha Bahr
+44 (0) 20 7449 1322
Head Librarian

Staci Fox
Middle School Librarian

Joanna Gentry
Library Administrative Assistant

Steve Reed
+44 (0) 20 7449 1255
Library Administrative Assistant