The Schools Library Service (SLS) is a self-financing service providing loans of topic-based books and fiction from our specialist collection of over 70,000 books.
Browse this guide to view the following services we offer schools in Westminster and some additional boroughs.
The loan service provides quality resources to support the delivery of literacy, the curriculum and reading for pleasure.
Teachers can request loans on as many subjects as they wish including fiction and non-fiction books.
Loans can also include group reading sets, big books, posters, audio books, DVDs and interactive whiteboard software.
Loan options are based on a 3-term academic year:
£70 per loan for a 30 item loans or £120 per loan for a 60 item loans
£6.75 per FTE pupil 60 items per class or if you opt for Pay as you go, £45.00 per loan for a 30 item loan or £75.00 per loan for a 60 item loan.
Ordering new books is very easy and by offering a discount of 30% off most new books the SLS offers excellent value for money.
SLS has selected a range of books for each year group that would be perfect to refresh existing corners or as stand-alone collections. These collections are mainly fiction, although there are some non-fiction books, with material to interest most tastes and ability level. They are ideal for encouraging a love of reading.
This can include general material such as fiction or picture books or more focused selections based on ability, age, subjects or themes. There is a charge for this service and for an extra small charge, the books could be purchased with protective covering (highly recommended), date labels and class numbers.
Please send the titles and ISBN numbers of the books to the email address or fax number listed in the contact details. The SLS will deliver the books to your school and will invoice the school after the books have been delivered.
Westminster SLS are working in partnership with Islington Education Library Service to enable schools in Tri-borough to access their excellent collections of artefacts and costumes. Please contact us for more information.
The service can help schools improve library provision by offering onsite, practical support including:
We can also visit schools and advise on how to improve and develop school libraries, offering help on:
An initial advice visit is provided free of charge. Additional visits are subject to a consultancy charge.
If you are planning on creating a new school library we can manage the project and will:
We have recently created a number of brand new school libraries including St Barnabas' (Westminster), St Luke’s (Westminster), ARK Conway Academy (Hammersmith and Fulham), ARK Bentworth Academy (Hammersmith and Fulham), St Stephen's (Westminster) and St Matthew's (Westminster).
To make use of any of these services, please contact us for a free quote.
We run courses throughout the year on libraries and reading. Keep an eye on the Westminster SLS Facebook page for the latest details.
Preparing the school library for inspection - London Schools Library Services
18 October 2016
Course description: A course for primary and secondary school librarians and others with responsibility for the school library. We will examine where libraries fit in the inspection process, identify inspection priorities, and explore practical ways to get the library and its impact noticed.
Expected learning outcomes:
Course leader: Anne is an independent trainer specialising in children’s and school libraries and children’s reading.
Cost: £100 per delegate, including lunch and refreshments. For further information or to book, please contact Nick Fuller at the Schools Library Service.