Support for teachers and school children

Library services can help children improve their reading skills and general learning. They also give children the opportunity to study, information about further learning and career options.

School children can:

  • join our libraries for free
  • borrow fiction and non-fiction books
  • use reference books and study aids to help at national curriculum key stage levels, GCSE, and A Level
  • use the online children's encyclopedias 
  • use library computers for free, for up to an hour a day

Teachers can:

  • bring their class for a tour of the library
  • sign up for a class card, this allows them to keep books for up to a term
  • have a library staff member visit their school
  • attend a talk about the rare books and special collections section of the library
  • use free online resources for class projects

To ask for a tour, a school visit or to sign up for a class card, send an email to

Books to support children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing 

The Reading Agency has created book lists called Reading Well Books on Prescription. These books support children (key stage 2, 7-11 year olds) and young people (13-18 year olds) with advice and information about issues like feelings, worries, body image, depression and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying, bereavement and divorce. 

Health professionals, families, and young people with lived experience have recommended the books, which are suitable for a range of reading abilities, and include picture books, graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction, and personal stories. 

You can borrow the books for free from your local library. Some titles are also available via our e-book services.  

Check the  Reading Agency website for a list of books available for young people

Check the  Reading Agency website for a list of books available for children.