What's on offer

Information on what the schools library service do, why schools need the service, professional support, what's on offer, the types of books that can be borrowed, satisfaction of existing customers and is there anything new in the pipeline. 

What does the Schools' Library Service do?

The Schools' Library Service (also referred to as "the SLS") supports schools in delivering the National Curriculum, improving reading standards and developing a systematic approach to information literacy.  It does this by providing the loan of high quality and well maintained books through a delivery system which is reliable and effective, plus advice and support around reading and management of the school library.

Through links with the School Improvement Service and Library and Information Services the SLS contributes to Continuing Professional Development and National book events for all schools.

The SLS forms part of the Library and Information Service based at Melton.

What services are provided?

  • High quality learning resources from foundation stage to the end of Key Stage 3.
  • Access to the Schools' Library Service substantial stock of resources, regardless of school size and geographical location.
  • All books professionally selected to meet the needs of the National Curriculum and suitable reading levels.
  • Bespoke service to cater for local variation.
  • Bookstock cleaned and maintained with replacement typically at or before 10 years old.
  • Artefacts and memorabilia to support many topic areas.
  • Reliable systems which deliver non fiction books within five working days of the start of term and continuous provision of up to date fiction books.
  • Support in raising reading standards and promoting language and literacy skills through storytelling, visits and promotions.
  • Telephone and email support during office hours.
  • One free advisory visit each school year to discuss individual needs.
  • Pre-Ofsted advice and post-Ofsted support.
  • Schools can choose to purchase additional box loans at a fixed cost, or request more advisory visits at a daily or hourly rate.

What types of books can be borrowed?

Non-fiction loan

One collection per teacher per term, delivered within five days at the start of term and collected just before the end of term.

Fiction loan

One collection per teacher, selected by reading age for each class. The fiction collection remains in the school for two terms and is then exchanged for a new collection on a given date.


By agreement, either two non-fiction collections or two fiction collections per teacher per term.

What professional support does the Schools' Library Service provide?

The professional service offered by the Schools' Library Service includes curriculum research, sourcing new materials to meet changing needs, together with the efficient investment of pooled resources to provide the best of what is currently available at the lowest price.

  • Professional expertise and support in the development of children's reading and information handling skills.
  • Gap analysis and professional expertise on management of resources within school.
  • Library evaluation and development and assistance with stock purchase.
  • Training of school staff and helpers in organising the school's own resources.

What is the length of the agreement?

  • Local Authority Maintained Schools offer a three year agreement.
  • Academies and other organisations offer a one year agreement.

Is there anything new in the pipeline?

Always. In response to customer surveys, we are constantly striving to bring out additional resources.

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