Students Need School Libraries

All children need a quality school library run by qualified professionals. Is your child's school library all that it can and should be?

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"The school library...a very special place for all students..."

Michael Salmon - Author and illustrator

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Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure student access to high quality school library services.

Our vision is that every student has access to a dynamic, well-resourced school library run by qualified library staff.

Testimonials

"Every school needs a school library—it’s a no-brainer. Reading underlies every area of the curriculum and the key is having a well stocked school library and a passionate school librarian who can put the right book into the right hands at the right time."

Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

Resources

Your voice is important. We invite you to join our campaign to spread the word about the importance of quality school libraries for all children. We have created a toolbox of free resources for parents, teachers and schools to use to help secure quality school libraries for all students.

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Show your support. Our partners at Syba Signs have created a wonderful range of Students Need School Libraries merchandise. From posters and bumper stickers to banners and badges, you can show your support of our important mission.

10% of all sales will be donated back to the Students Need School Libraries campaign!

News

ABC News: School libraries hit by the loss of a dying breed as teacher librarians enter ‘survival mode’

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ABC News: School libraries hit by the loss of a dying breed as teacher librarians enter ‘surival mode’ Rebecca Carmody … Continue reading ABC News: School libraries hit by the loss of a dying breed as teacher librarians enter ‘survival mode’

Report: Research Evidence on Reading for Pleasure

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Report: Research evidence on reading for pleasure The first section of the document highlights research evidence on reading for pleasure … Continue reading Report: Research Evidence on Reading for Pleasure

Report: On the Edge of Adulthood

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Report: On the edge of adulthood: Summary of Key Findings from the Competent Learners at 16 project Competent Children, Competent … Continue reading Report: On the Edge of Adulthood

From our blog

Practical Steps for Action

My Library Needs Help: Practical Steps for Action Sadly, for those in the know about the state of many school libraries across Australia-and indeed the world- it comes as no surprise to hear of a school library being so unaccessible and unattractive that teachers are using their personal funds to buy books just to get … Continue reading Practical Steps for Action

The mystery of shrinking school libraries

The mystery of shrinking school libraries Written by Debra Tidball My friend has just retired from her teacher librarian position at a local primary school in a disadvantaged area in Sydney. I don’t think the school has plans to replace her. Last year the library was culled mercilessly of books which were then shrunk into … Continue reading The mystery of shrinking school libraries

Why the school library is a vital space for student learning and wellbeing

Why the school library is a vital space for student learning and wellbeing Written by Dr Hilary Hughes Associate Professor Faculty of Education, QUT The school library is a vital space for student learning and wellbeing. It is generally the only place at school that inclusively welcomes students of differing ages and abilities. For students moving … Continue reading Why the school library is a vital space for student learning and wellbeing

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