Serota has gained a reputation for fulfilling even the most challenging of library design briefs. With over 100 years' experience of manufacturing and fitting, the company is noted for creating fine furniture that is in keeping with its surroundings, from refurbishment projects in listed buildings through to the most contemporary of designs.


St John's School

  • Type of Project: Library
  • Key Sector: Academia
  • Commissioned: 2010
  • Location: Leatherhead, Surrey

The quality and finish of the Serota furniture is superb and Michael was very accommodating and patient as our ideas evolved - listening and making suggestions which have worked very well in practice. Working with one person continuously on the library layout and furniture design from start to finish was particularly helpful.

Sally Todd, Librarian, St John's School


St Johns, Leatherhead is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18.

The Challenge

In 2010, the Henry Dawes teaching block was opened to house the new library, design and technology workshop, art studio, IT suite and additional classrooms.

Quality furniture and shelving were required which would adapt to the expectant growing number of pupils as well as complement the building environment. Sally Todd, the St John's Librarian, worked with Michael Serota on the library design and provided recommendations to senior management for the new library in terms of space, colour, zoning and facilities.

The Solution

To capitalise on the natural light, study tables were situated by the large floor length windows. Bookcases of varying height on concealed castors were positioned in the middle of the library so they could easily be moved to suit different events. The reception desk was designed and positioned to provide staff with good sightlines and a view of library users as well as those entering the building.
The library features an area with tables and a smartboard so that Teaching staff can hold classes for research using the library resources. Individual pupils still have room for private study, reading in the easy chairs or borrowing books.


Situated on the ground floor of the Henry Dawes building, the library is highly visible, easily accessible and offers a welcoming study environment.

Serota. Over 100 years' experience of bespoke furniture craftsmanship & design