Teachers and other educationalists can borrow up-to-date, newly-published and specialist children’s materials to support both the curriculum and reading for pleasure.

Term time opening hours

We are open Monday to Thursday, midday to 6pm. We are closed on Fridays.

We also open the first Saturday at the start of each full term, 9am to 12.30pm.  

School holidays opening times

We are open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm.

We are closed on Fridays.

Subscribe to the Schools' Library Service

Our subscription package includes help, advice and access to over 300,000 titles and displays. 

Please contact us for prices and to subscribe.

Available resources

Our resources include:

  • guided reading sets to support literacy work in the classroom
  • full class sets
  • local history materials
  • storysacks
  • primary packs
  • dual language material
  • large format books
  • fiction and non-fiction
  • DVDs
  • specific titles and types of materials for Special Schools – available to order on request
  • specialist collections to support the curriculum e.g. modern foreign languages, SEAL resources and picture packs
  • display collections for special events such as book weeks, parents’ evenings and author visits

Special services

Subscribers:

  • are invited to author and illustrator visits, book launches and conferences
  • can take part in the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards – including receiving free packs of the shortlisted books and attending the ceremony

Loan details

Each member of school staff can borrow a project loan of up to 35 items plus 4 guided reading sets, DVDs and full class sets. These can be exchanged as often as required.

Schools are also entitled to a bulk loan of over 100 fiction books depending on pupil numbers.  These can be part or fully exchanged at any time.

Collection & delivery

Items can be chosen and collected by you in person. 

Alternatively they can be chosen for you by us and delivered to the school once a term. Items are recollected by our van on a termly basis.

Support & advice

Subscription also includes:

  • practical help and advice on all aspects of library resources and school libraries
  • book-buying visits to book suppliers to enable you to buy materials for your school with favourable discounts negotiated on your behalf
  • regular INSET courses on a range of topics to complement and enhance your work in the classroom
  • regular meetings to support secondary school librarians and recruitment and training input for new staff
  • recommendations to help in development of a library policy including plan furniture, layout and stock maintenance

Schools and Young People's Library Service