Why every school should have a library

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By Jayne GouldLibrarian, Broke Hall Community Primary School, Ipswich and School Library Association School Librarian of the Year Award Honour List 2006

... and a librarian! ‘What is the use of a book without pictures?’ Alice thought, and equally, what’s the use of a library without someone to help you use it?


A good library will always have a good librarian

A well-stocked library, run by someone who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about books, can have a positive impact on promoting reading for enjoyment, teaching and learning. This has been recognised by Ofsted, in their 2006 report Good school libraries: making a difference to learning. Inspectors visited around 30 schools, both primary and secondary, around the country, looking at their library provision. In all cases, they reported that it was the presence of a librarian which contributed most to the success of the library – making it a key factor in raising achievement. A copy of the report can be found on Ofsted’s website.

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  1. Bucher
    on 16 November 2016

    For children

    Hay children! You must go to library to gets a lot of knowledge. Go to library during lunch time or in a snack time. That's what I want to you tell you.

    on 19 March 2014


    A library is a good place and allows you to learn more.