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Training sessions tailored to individual schools, hosting termly meetings for school library staff and access to SLS publications and newsletters are just a few of the ways that SLS can support teachers and library staff. Further details of these, and other support services for school staff can be found below.

Staff Training

If you have a specific training need concerned with libraries or reading we can help. We can offer INSET sessions for school staff, tailored to meet your needs. We have recently held sessions concerning 'Whole School Reading' projects and sessions to update teachers on the current trends - and recommended authors - in childrens publishing.

We can also offer access to mentoring for those library staff wishing to improve their professional qualifications.

Termly Meetings for School Library Staff

Termly meetings are organised by SLS so that librarians and teachers working in Middle and High/Secondary school libraries have an opportunity to meet with others who are working in similar situations. We have recently introduced a new format to the meetings so that the official business is kept brief and is dealt with first . An informal discussion covering topics or issues those attending wish to raise then takes place, with plenty of coffee and biscuits.

The meetings are a great opportunity to share good practice, seek advice, talk over any problems and keep up to date with current local and national developments in the world of school libraries. We've recently discussed the complexity of e-books, which genres of fiction are the current 'hot items' and the pros and cons of different library management systems. From time to time SLS invites guest speakers to attend the meetings too.

The meetings are usually held in March, July and October in school libraries around the county, which gives everyone the opportunity to experience a different library.

The minutes from the most recent meetings can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

If you would like to attend the meeting, but are not on our regular mailing list, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The SLS newsletter is e-mailed to schools every February, June & November & aims to keep schools up to date with what is happening at SLS and in the wider world of school libraries. If you have not received your copy and would like the latest one, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.June 2017 or download from the link below.


SLS Publications

Staff of the Schools Library Service produce a variety of publications and booklists. These are free of charge to schools who have a Service Agreement with us. We can also compile booklists, resource lists and lists of our Exhibition Collection stock on an ad hoc basis. Please contact us with your requests and we will try to help.

Publications can be downloaded from the subscriber's area of the website or if required by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please be sure to state your school name or organisation as we are unable to send items to private addresses. Alternatively you can ring us on 01670 620072.

Schools without a Service Agreement or outside Northumberland can still purchase publications electronically. Please email us for further information.

Current Publications:

Find That Book  A large laminated guide to Dewey classification and our colour coding scheme.

A Pupil Librarian Toolkit for School Librarians (rev.ed. 2012) A tool kit written for librarians, teachers and parent helpers who are thinking of using pupils to help voluntarily in the running of the school library or resource centre. The tool kit is suitable for all schools.

Calendar of Book Awards & Display Ideas (Rev. 2016) Updated annually, this month by month guide gives dates and information about regional & national book awards and special days. It also includes ideas for displays to promote the resources in your library and to encourage pupils to broaden their reading experiences.

Reluctant Readers: books for struggling readers (Rev. ed. 2013) A guide to fiction series, play scripts and non-fiction produced for struggling readers by specialist publishers.

Reading Group Toolkit for Middle and High School Libraries (2009) A guide to setting up a school reading group with lots of ideas for reading group activities.

Book Purchase Scheme

 Take the opportunity to purchase books for your school at up to 25% discount via the agency agreement we have with our book supplier, Askews & Holts Library Services. There is a service charge to be included.

How the agency agreement works:


  • Either provide SLS with a list of titles you wish to order, or we can discuss your budget and areas / titles / authors you would like us to purchase
  • Provide an official school order form.
  • Give us details of the servicing (book jackets and spine labels) required & your library management system, if any.


  • Research the bibliographic data needed to order the books.
  • Send you a copy of the order to check through when this is returned to us we will then, 
  • Send your order to Askews & Holts & send you a copy for reference.
  • Arrange for servicing as you have specified. There is a small charge for servicing.

The books will be delivered free of charge directly to your school.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.