School libraries matter because...

An effective school library has been proven to have a positive, long-term impact for children. 

You can read more about the research on school libraries here, and there's also a wealth of information about the impact of reading for pleasure. A school library helps a school achieve their aims in the following areas: 

  • Learning: Reading for Pleasure, Reading Progress, Research skills
  • Wellbeing
  • Independent learning
  • Lifelong skills
  • Media and information literacy
  • Personal and social development

The impact of great school libraries can also been seen through our Awards, and the strengths and struggles of school libraries was laid bare during the pandemic. Read our Patron's Appeal Report here. 

“For years we have been looking for interventions to boost attainment to help close the gap between disadvantaged and SEN children and their peers. The library was the only intervention they needed.”

Headteacher at Woodchurch Church of England Primary School (Woodchurch Estate, The Wirral) from the BookTrust's Life Changing Libraries Report, June 2022
Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. Find out how the SLA and school libraries can support. 
Inquiry Learning is a pupil led approach to learning that builds independent learning skills, curiosity and exploration of ideas. Learn how the SLA and school libraries can support. 

Reading is a vital skill for academic success and life beyond. Learn more about how the SLA and school libraries can support. 

School libraries provide safe spaces and contribute to positive wellbeing for pupils. 

Research about school libraries

Inviting and Inclusive School Libraries. Read for Good 2023

Impact and Effectiveness of School Libraries

Benefits and Impact of School Libraries

School Libraries in Lockdown

Children's Reading Choices 2022

Benefits of Reading For Pleasure report

Life Changing Libraries report

Reading and Writing for Pleasure: Framework for Practice

Great School Libraries Report 2023

Impact of School Libraries on Learning

Wide and free choice of books is a key motivator for children, and the importance of a well-stocked school library is essential if we are to engage children with reading for pleasure. 

Farshore and HarperCollins Children's Books: Childrens Reading for Pleasure: Progress, Problems and Practical Solutions. June 2023