How libraries can help schools

Brighton & Hove Libraries play an important and valuable part in learning and discovery, studying and education. We provide many resources to help children and students with their reading skills, learning and studying opportunities, and further education and career options.

Library services for teachers and school children

School children can

  • join the library for free to borrow fiction and non-fiction titles, use reference books and study aids to help at national curriculum key stage level, GCSEs, and A Levels
  • use our online children's encyclopedias for class projects
  • use library computers free of charge for up to an hour a day. There is a special filtering policy for children and young people’s PCs accessing the internet
  • take part in a school holiday or half-term holiday activity ranging from creative writing and illustration workshops to costume making

Teachers can

  • tour the library with a member of the Children’s Team
  • enjoy a project related activity with a member of the Children's Team
  • request a visit to their school from a member of library staff
  • benefit from tailor-made talks from our Rare Books Manager about our Rare Books and Special Collections section and how school-age children can get involved
  • use our online resources for class projects

email libraryclassvisits@brighton-hove.gov.uk to book a visit or for further information.

Shelf Help

Shelf Help is a collection of recommended reading compiled by The Reading Agency to help young people aged 13-18 years manage their mental health, wellbeing and resilience . The scheme recommends helpful titles, with input from young people with lived experience. The focus of Shelf Help is on early intervention and prevention. Twelve topics are covered, ranging from anxiety to self harm, as well as difficult life experiences such as bullying and school/exam pressure. Shelf Help caters for different reading levels and includes different formats such as graphic novels and non-fiction, as well as fiction and personal stories.

The 35 recommended titles are available to borrow in hard copy and/or electronic format from Brighton & Hove Libraries. Shelf Help leaflets containing information on sources of help and recommended reading are also available from libraries.

Books to help young people ages 13-18 manage their mental health and wellbeing

Who are you? How are you? – Books to support Children’s Wellbeing

Brighton & Hove Libraries have worked with Public Health Schools and local SENCOs to create this wellbeing booklist for children. The list is designed a as tool for teachers, parents or carers, who want to use books to help children through challenging times. 

Click here to view or download the list as a PDF: Who are you? How are you? (PDF 7.57MB)

Mood boosting books for children

The Public Health Schools Programme has been working in partnership with Brighton & Hove Libraries Services and primary school pupils from across the city to create a ‘Mood Boosting Books’ list for children in years 4, 5 and 6. The booklist comes with a key which is designed to be used by children, teachers, parents, carers and librarians as a way of identifying particular themes across the list. 

Mood Boosting Books are books or stories that cheer you up! This list has been made by children in Brighton & Hove. Mood Boosting Books for Children Booklist (PDF 103KB)