Setting up a School Library


Primary School Library Guidelines

These guidelines are a useful information resource for anyone involved in the setting up and management of an effective primary school library. They are written for UK primary schools:

SLA Support, Publications and Guidelines for Primary and Secondary School Libraries

The SLA is committed to supporting everyone involved in school libraries, regardless of your role, experience or location.

Becoming a member will give you access to an array of resources that will assist with the setting up and running of a school library, as well as the continuing development of all school library staff. These include insightful training, practical publications, an advice line, mentoring programme, quarterly journal, booklists, regional branch support, useful discounts and more.

Membership costs just £95 a year for an entire school. You can find out more here:


CILIP Guidelines for Secondary School Libraries

This publication contains practical guidelines for the management of a secondary school library. Currently out of stock online.

Department of Education & Science : Room Layout Documents

This list of post-primary school room layouts provided by the Department of Education & Science include two library layouts:

School Library Suppliers and Services

List of suppliers and services that support school libraries. (Updated Mar ’23)

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