Schools resources


This leaflet has been produced by the School Libraries Group of CILIP for all current and potential stakeholders (including parents, governors, teachers and students) in schools. The leaflet outlines what a professional Librarian, and the Library service they lead, will provide to pupils and the whole school community and why that is important.

This leaflet is available for you to download and print. In particular, if you are:

  • a parent of a prospective secondary school student, be sure to read and take it with you when you are visiting schools that you are considering for your child. The questions on the back provide pointers to look for and ask about.
  • a governor, ensure you are aware of the contribution that your school Librarian already makes, or to ask questions about the difference that a librarian and school library could potentially make to the students and teachers in your school. Does your school meet the requirements that the questions on the back of the leaflet ask about?
  • a school librarian, please do use this leaflet to exemplify the work that you do for events such as open days or evenings for prospective students and parents, or to share with colleagues in your school or within your local networks.

Feel free to use this leaflet to demonstrate the difference your school Librarian can make to your children, or the children in your school, in any way you see fit.

There are two PDF versions of the leaflet below: the first being a high-resolution file, and the second a low-resolution version. Please download, print and share with your school community, other stakeholders and interested parties.



CILIP is committed to ensuring that employers understand and value the skills and ethics of qualified library and information professionals. With the CILIP School Libraries Group, we publish a set of Salary Guidelines which employers can use when recruiting for new staff. We have issued this letter in response to concerns raised by members about a ‘Learning Resources Manager’ post being advertised on a salary below the minimum set out in these guidelines.



A video that shows the contribution an effective school library can make to the educational, creative, emotional and reading development of children and young people. It looks at how design can enable this.


About the video

The video and the accompanying information sheets gives practical advice on design, acoustics and layout. It was created through a collaboration of Museums Libraries and Archives Council (now disbanded), CILIP and Partnership for Schools (responsibilities now transfered to the Education Funding Agency, an excutive agency of the Department for Education).

Watch the video on YouTube


Primary School Library Guidelines

These guidelines were revised in 2014 by ASCEL, CILIP and SLA.