School library services

Schools Library Services are one of the many services offered to schools - all phases and all sectors - by local authorities. The way each service operates varies considerably from authority to authority.

Essentially, a Schools Library Service will:

  • Advise schools and provide training on managing and developing their own school libraries and teaching resources in schools, on teaching information literacy skills to enable children to become independent learners and to help schools create a reading culture.
  • Lend or make available for purchase carefully chosen resources to support teaching and learning in the classroom and to support wider reading for pleasure and enjoyment.

The service is run by experienced qualified librarians who have knowledge of the curriculum and of children’s literature. Again, there are variations around the country. On the whole, schools subscribe to their local Schools Library Service on behalf of all their teachers. Some authorities pay for the Service from central funds, so it is free at the point of delivery to schools.

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To contact your local school library service or one serving your area, see the School Library Association's listing

For London, see the Schools Library Services in London website

See our curated list of School Library Services on Twitter 

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All state schools in England are covered to re-use copyrighted material. This poster or the Welsh language version has full details and can be cicrulated within schools. 

PLEASE NOTE: This poster relates to licensed schools – all state schools in the UK hold the Licence, but Independent schools would need to check with their bursars or finance managers.

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