Professional Librarians in Primary Schools

“The most important element of an effective
school library is the person managing it”

To ensure that the library is strategically managed and developed as well as open and available to children as much as possible,  we recommend that schools employ a professional librarian for a number of (3.5 to 35) hours a week with support from a library assistant who spends 10 to 35 hours a week in the library

“The work of a School Librarian has the potential to make a huge contribution to the school in ways that I had not realised until we found ours.  Her work has impacted directly on the children; their involvement and enthusiasm for reading as well as our participation in enrichment activities and the maintenance of the reading environment.”
Headteacher, Primary School in Tower Hamlets

With HMI Ofsted expecting to see good quality libraries and ambitious expectations and support for home reading, the management of your school library with its tens of thousands of pounds worth of resources is more important than ever!

A professional librarian will:

Support children’s learning by:

  • Promoting enjoyment of, and excitement about, reading
  • Establishing skills for independent learning and assist in the delivery of information and research skills teaching in the school
  • Monitor reading and attainment

Support the teaching staff by:

  • Identifying and buying quality resources for the school library and classroom libraries
  • Assisting in the delivery of information skills  and information literacy teaching in the school
  • Helping to select resources from the Schools Library Services

Support the school by:

  • Managing and promoting the school library and teacher resources, ensuring consistency and maintaining quality
  • Ensuring value for money when buying new resources
  • Raising reading and literacy standards

Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services can provide schools with the services of a professional librarian on a regular basis
Minimum contract – one year

Call us on 020 7364 6428 or use our contact form to get in touch about this service


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Opening Times

Opening times

Please note that the PDC building is currently closed for access. The library will not be open during this time but staff can be reached via email or the web form.

We will update the website once the library re-opens which we expect to be from Monday 4th December.

Term time Monday – Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Fridays and holidays: 9am to 4:30pm