Library Policy

School library policies define the visions, role, aims and objectives for the whole school community. They are underpinned by good practice.

A good library policy should  make reference to:

  • the library’s status as a learning environment in the school and its role in raising achievement
  • the relationship with the school’s overall aims as defined in the School Improvement Plans etc
  • links to other school polices and support for the curriculum
  •  local and national educational initiatives

The policy should, therefore, include the following:

1.  Mission statement for the library including ideals and visions

2. Aims

  • To develop and foster a love of reading
  • To develop and enhance independent learning skills

3. Objectives

  • Relating to all aspects of library provision
    • accommodation
    • staffing
    • funding
    • learning resources
    • organisation and management
    • stock selection
  • Support for teaching and learning
    • pupil and staff use
    • development of and support for independent learning
    • promotion of reading for enjoyment
  • Monitoring and evaluation
    • to be undertaken and reported regularly

4. External support

  • School Library Service
  • Public Library Service
  • other advisory agencies  – local and/or national
NB The policy should be revised regularly alongside other school plans and should be part of the school’s cycle of reviews.
Library policy