Whangaparaoa School library

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School libraries play a vital role in supporting teaching and learning. We offer advice and support for leading and developing your school library collections, services and environment.


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Understanding school libraries Find out what makes an effective school library, and why it matters. Discover the latest thinking and research about the role of the library in teaching and learning.

Library team leadership

Leading and managing Get advice and guidance about planning and managing strategic aspects of your library, including financial management, reporting and staffing your library.​

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Collections and resources Explore the cycle of collection management tasks required to help you plan and create an inclusive and balanced school library collection. This guide includes selecting, buying, and removing resources from your collection.

Issuing books

Library systems and operations To ensure ongoing access to your library’s resources and services, you need to manage functions such as cataloguing and stocktaking efficiently. It’s easier to manage emergencies and other changes if you have plans in place.

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Place and environment Guidance, resources, and case studies to inspire schools wanting to create an innovative, inclusive and inviting school library space.

The school library is a key learning hub

Library services for teaching and learning Find ideas and advice for developing library services and programmes to support teaching and learning. When you develop or change your library services, involve your community and gather evidence to guide your changes.


Videos Explore videos about strategies and approaches for successful school libraries, reading engagement and digital literacy in schools.