What makes a great primary school library? And what can schools do if they have no library space? Mary-Rose Grieve and Alison Tarrant from the Great School Libraries campaign offer ideas and advice
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A great school library is a vibrant space at the heart of the school that allows children to satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their creativity and become independent, inquiring young people. 

A well-resourced school library and well-trained school librarian or library staff can have a hugely positive impact, not only on children’s academic progress and attainment but on their mental health and wellbeing, as well as having a positive impact on the wider school community.

Despite this, many primary schools do not have a library – as many as 1 in 7 according to some research (Primary School Library Alliance, 2022). They are not statutory and are continually misunderstood and undervalued. With many parents buying fewer books due to the cost-of-living crisis and many children not given opportunities to visit a public library, we believe that access to a school library is more important than ever. 

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