Warwickshire Schools Library Service Supporting reading and learning in schools
September 2019

Your School Library

Library Maintenance Visits

If you are looking for some help with your library space, we can help!

Our services include weeding, sorting and tidying books, book auditing, adding materials to the library catalogue and refurbishment work.  Our competitive daily rate includes two skilled members of the SLS team coming to your school to carry out maintenance work. 

We will give you ideas on how best to use your library space and can let you know of any gaps in your stock.  We can also help with the purchasing of new stock.

To have a chat about how we can help you and arrange an initial advisory visit please call us on 01926 413461 or email us at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Library Management Systems - We can help!

At WSLS, we have a range of experience in using different systems and can provide you with help and support. We recommend a computerised library management system (LMS).

Benefits include:

  • Improves the effectiveness of your library: helps pupils and staff find books more easily and simplifies recording of loans
  • Saves you time as it can help with cataloguing books by downloading book information from a central system
  • Enables you to locate and track your stock more easily and minimise the loss of books
  • Provides you with useful information about library use and book issuing data
  • Helps develop pupils' independent library skills and greater ownership of their library

WSLS can help provide you with information about the different options available and what might best suit the needs of your school and your budget. For more information about different computerised systems please open the following link

We have recently been introduced to a very promising new system by Libresoft - you can find more information about this here

The Journey of a Project Box

Over the autumn the team at Warwickshire Schools Library Service were busy hand selecting resources for the green project collections for delivery at the start of term. We send out around 700 boxes a term to both primary and secondary schools.

That is as high as Mount Etna if we stacked them back to back!

A huge amount of resources to support reading and learning and we think that they have a great impact on pupils, inspiring a love of reading, learning and a very hands on approach to topic work. The following film shows you the journey of a project box and will give you a really lovely idea as to what a project collection could look like, how we put it together and the impact it can have on the classroom. 

Your SLS Fiction loan

During the summer term we'll be busy putting together fiction loans for our subscribing schools.  As part of the subscription package schools get to have a loan of fiction books to use in the school library for reading for pleasure and every year we swap half of this loan over to refresh the books.  It's a really great, easy way to get new books into the school library.  The loans vary depending on the size of the school - some loans are for 250 books, some are for 800 books!  

Did you know that if you have a fiction loan from us you can tailor it to your needs?  We hand pick every loan and send out a request form in advance of your loan been selected and delivered.  This means that if you have a specific requirement within your school you can specify that you require books to help you with this.  

We have a great range of stock here at SLS, from old favourites to the latest bestsellers, and what is great about our loans is that you will get a really varied selection of books.  We also provide recreational non fiction titles for those pupils who enjoy facts and hobbies a bit more than stories, poetry books and graphic novels.  We have a selection of dual language titles and also a selection of books for reluctant readers so do make sure you let us know if you would like any of these.  You are also welcome to visit us here at SLS and pick your own loan!

If you would like to know more and make sure you are making the most of your fiction loan please do get in touch, we're happy to help!

SLS-UK School Library Award

We are delighted to offer schools in Warwickshire the opportunity to accredit their library service via our national award scheme.SLS-UK Logo

The SLS School Library Award was initiated by Warwickshire Schools Library Service in 2012. It is now available nationally, via the Association of Senior Education and Children’s Librarians (ASCEL), administered locally by individual SLSs.  We are delighted that the School Library Association (SLA) the School Library Group (SLG) and the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) have endorsed the new Award.

 Any primary or secondary school may apply to work towards achieving the main award or the Gold version for high-achieving services.

The award is a self-assessment process conducted by the designated member of staff in charge of the library and endorsed by the Head teacher. It is an audit of 20 key activities with supporting documentation where necessary. Schools note across three levels (developing, establishing and enhancing) how their library service is operating across a range of activities and services.

An award is given to a school where the library is achieving 10 or more separate activities or services in the ‘establishing’ and/or ‘enhancing’ category. A Gold award is given for 15 or more services in the ‘enhancing’ category.

The awards are a brilliant opportunity for library staff to obtain a certificate that acknowledges the fantastic work that they do each day in the school library.

How do I apply?
There is a very small administrative cost for participation. If you would like to know more, please contact us: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Schools achieving SLS-UK School Library Award and former Warwickshire SLS School Library Award:
Abbotts Farm Junior                                     Adderley Primary (Birmingham)
Alcester Academy (revalidated)                   Alcester Grammar School
Alsager School (Cheshire)                           Aylesford
Bilton                                                            Bilton Junior
Bridgetown Primary                                     Campion
Cheney Primary (Oxon)                               Haselor Primary
Internat School Aberdeen                            James Young High (West Lothian)
Kineton                                                         King Edward VI Stratford
King’s Heath Boys (Birmingham)                 Kings High
Kings Norton Girls School (Birmingham)     Kingsley
Lillington Primary                                         Marlborough Junior (Birmingham)
Myton (revalidated)                                      Orchard Academy (Milton Keynes )
Polesworth                                                   Princethorpe College
Rugby High                                                  Stockingford Primary
Stratford upon Avon                                     Stratford Girls Grammar
Stratford Primary                                          Walsall Academy
Warwick School                                            Wyndcliffe Primary (Birmingham)


School Librarian of the Year 2019

We have now accepted your nominations for the 2019 Warwickshire Student Librarian of the Year award. 

Nominations were invited from secondary schools in Warwickshire for students in Year 8 - 12 who have been a pupil librarian for at least 2 academic years (including the current one). 

Shortlisted applicants were asked to submit a short plan for a piece of reading promotional work at school, or three reasons why they would be a worthy winner.  We will be announcing the winner in December, so please keep a look out on this page for more details!

The award highlights how young people across Warwickshire are actively using and investing in their school libraries and is a wonderful addition to any personal statement.

As well as a goody bag, book token, badge and certificate, the winner will be invited to attend the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award and Warwickshire Year 9 Book Awards, offered a day of shadowing in a public library of their choice, invited to attend SLS training and offered the opportunity to join existing Reading Hack groups or help set up a group in a local public library.

For more information about the award and application process please contact us at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk


WSLY 2Ellan Fraser from Myton School being awarded Warwickshire's Student Librarian of the Year award for 2018. 


This award is now in its third year, launched in memory of Elaine Dodson, a charismatic and talented school librarian who worked at Myton School in Warwick. 

A Sea of Stories, Words and Picture with Keresley Newlands Primary Academy

We love Words and Pictures here at Warwickshire Schools Library Service and were lucky enough to spend a whole day creating a sea of stories with Kate's Storytree and the children at Keresley Newlands Primary Academy (See some pictures below)KNP Sea of Stories 2KNP Story Boats

'We created a group 'Sea of Words' which began which Year 5 starting on a blank canvas. We shared stories outside and talked about any stories and words and pictures that they like. We invited them to draw and write as they felt. I told a story whilst Hannah illustrated ... it was hard to hold the children back ... so we didn't! 

We had a story walk where the children talked about the words and pictures that they noticed. It grew during the day as the Year 1 and Year 3 children added to and overlapped their ideas. Year 5 and Year 3 made boats for the sea. 

The children were very engaged and engaging throughout. Confident giving ideas and contributing to the joint story. The work was very positive, lots of the children were giving compliments about each other's work, respecting each others ideas and space. It was wonderful to work with them' 

Kate's Storytree
If you would like to know more, or hold an event of this type at your school please do get in touch with us: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk