Primary School Library Guidelines

The simplest way to make sure we raise literate children… is to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity, and that means finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.

Neil Gaiman, 2017

A lively, welcoming and well resourced school library gives pupils positive experiences of books, computers and other media. It shares the ethos and values of the whole school, is an effective and economical shared resource and a centre for learning and literacy development. IT is an integral part of this learning environment.

The school library should promote equality, diversity and inclusion.  Its role is to help create confident, enthusiastic readers and engage children in life-long learning. There is a clear link between the quality of a school’s library and the general well-being of the pupils and their literacy levels.

But how do you create this environment and resource?  This website is designed to take you through the steps to create an excellent library, get children using it and refer you to organisations that can help at each stage.