What are Schools Library Services?

   

Click here for a list of links to websites or email addresses for Schools Library Services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

 

Click here for a list of Facebook or Twitter pages for 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.

 

Who runs the Service and how is it paid for?

 

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.

 

 

 

What teachers have said:

 

 

 

 

“I would like to thank the Schools Library Service tremendously for doing such a fabulous job. This service has enriched my classroom beyond belief. I am extremely grateful for the effort and care taken when responding to my requests. Thank you many times over.”

 

 

“I use the library for every topic, it is an invaluable source. I try to visit the library in person when I have release time from school but being able to order resources online is absolutely wonderful and staff are also so very helpful on the phone too.”

 

 

Schools Library Services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

 

If your local authority is not listed here, please contact a schools library service in an neighbouring authority.   

If you find a link missing, please email gillian.harris@towerhamlets.gov.uk

 

 

Anglesey

 

Barking and Dagenham

 

Barnet

 

Bedfordshire

 

Berkshire

  Bexley

 

Birmingham see Coventry Dudley, Sandwell, Staffs, Walsall,  Warwickshire or Worcestershire  

 

Blackburn

  Blaenau Gwent
  Bolton
  Bracknell see Berkshire

 

Bradford Calderdale Kirklees or North Yorkshire

  Brent see Westminster
 

Bristol

  Bromley

 

Buckinghamshire

  Bury
  Caerphilly

 

Calderdale

 

Cambridgeshire

 

Camden

  Cardiff
  Carmarthenshire
  Ceredigion
  City of London - see Tower Hamlets

 

Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester

 

Cornwall

 

Coventry

  Croydon - see Merton

 

Cumbria

 

Derbyshire

 

Devon

 

Doncaster

 

Dorset

 

Dudley

 

Durham

  Ealing - see Berkshire

 

East Riding of Yorkshire

 

East Sussex

 

Enfield

 

 Essex

 

Gloucestershire

 

Greenwich  -  see Tower Hamlets

 

Guernsey

 

Gwynedd

  Hackney: Islington or Tower Hamlets
  Halton - see Cheshire West and Chester
  Hammersmith and Fulham - see Westminster

 

Hampshire

 

Haringey

 

Harrow

 

Hartlepool (Redcar and Cleveland)

 

Havering

 

Herefordshire

 

Hertfordshire see also Essex, Barnet, Enfield

 

Hillingdon

 

Hounslow

 

Hull 

 

Isle of Wight

 

Islington / Islington artefacts  

  Kent see East Sussex
  Kensington and Chelsea see Berkshire or Westminster
  Kingston Upon Thames

 

Kirklees

 

Knowsley

  Lambeth - see Merton

 

Lancashire

 

Leeds

 

Leicestershire

  Lewisham

 

Lincolnshire

 

Luton
  Manchester, city of - see Stockport

 

Merton

  Middlesbrough (Redcar and Cleveland)

 

Milton Keynes  

 

Monmouthshire

  Neath Port Talbot
  Newham - see  Redbridge or Tower Hamlets
  Newport

 

Norfolk

North Eastern Education and Library Board (Northern Ireland) Education Library Service

 

North East Wales English version Welsh version

 

North Lincolnshire

North Tyneside

 

North Yorkshire

 

Northamptonshire

 

Nottinghamshire

 

Northumberland

 

Oxfordshire : see Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, NorthamptonshireWarwickshire or Wiltshire and Swindon

Plymouth

Portsmouth 

  Powys
  Reading see Berkshire

 

Redbridge

  Redcar and Cleveland
  Rhondda-Cynon-Taff
 

Richmond-upon-Thames

 

Salford

  Sandwell

 

Sheffield

 

Shropshire

  Slough see Berkshire
  Solihull - see WarwickshireCoventry or Worcestershire

 

Somerset

 

Southampton

  Southwark - see Westminster or Tower Hamlets

 

Staffordshire
  Stockport

 

Stockton on Tees (Redcar and Cleveland)

 

Suffolk

  Sunderland

 

Sutton (public library services to schools) or see Merton

  Swansea

 

Tameside

  Telford and Wrekin see Shropshire
 

Thurrock - see Essex

  Torbay - see Devon
  Torfaen - see Monmouthshire

 

Tower Hamlets

 

Walsall

  Waltham Forest - see Enfield or Redbridge

 

Wandsworth

  Warrington - see Cheshire West and Chester
  Warwickshire
  West Berkshire see Berkshire

 

West Sussex

 

Westminster

 

Wigan

 

Wiltshire and Swindon

  Windsor and Maidenhead see Berkshire
  Wokingham see Berkshire

 

Wolverhampton

 

Worcestershire

 

  


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