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The school library is part of your school’s teaching and learning environment. It provides resources and services that support students, staff, families and whānau. Your library’s resources, physical space, and staff have tremendous potential to make a difference to students’ achievement, educational equity, social and emotional well-being.

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.


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Why school libraries matter Find out why school libraries matter, and what you need to create an effective library that will make a positive difference for your school community.

Get carried away by a good book

Purpose of the school library Explore how the school library helps your students, staff, families and whānau gain new knowledge, skills and dispositions for learning and personal development that they will use throughout their lives.​

Library research material

The pedagogy of the library Student-centred and inclusive libraries support successful teaching and learning. When your school library develops services based on good evidence and sound theory, it plays a vital role in the educational success of students.

Library futures

School library futures The nature of school libraries in New Zealand and around the world is continuing to evolve. Your library needs to respond to change, including the changing needs of your school community.

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Importance of the school library in learning — the research Research about educational trends and pedagogical models shows the significant difference effective school library services can make on student literacy and learning outcomes. Read more about these research findings.