Eastern Region ASCEL

Library services for schools in the Eastern Region


Research shows that children who read more succeed more, so Norfolk Library and Information Service have a specialist service for all educational settings and work closely with schools and academies to encourage visits to libraries.

An overview of what services are available to schools in Norfolk (as well as in neighbouring authorities with no service, including Cambridgeshire) from Norfolk Education Library Service as well as information about class and school visits to public libraries can be found on this website.

Norfolk Education Library Service (ELS) are a team dedicated to increasing children and young people’s access to books and interest in reading by working with all educational settings from Early Years up to sixth form colleges to support staff and improve school library provision.

The expert and experienced ELS team support continual improvement through:

  •  Loaning excellent books and resources, using the ELS children’s mobile library as well as deliveries by courier and through our specialist new eBook platform for schools
  • Working directly with children and young people to inspire reading more widely and encourage independent learning and information literacy
  • Saving staff time and money by helping you stock, catalogue and organise your library / book corners as rich and dynamic environments
  • Training, motivating, inspiring, encouraging and training staff as well as keeping staff up to date with the latest trends and developments and providing opportunities to share good practice

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Inside the Norfolk ELS children’s Mobile

Please get in touch with the ELS team for the current price brochure, or for a quote for services delivered in neighbouring authorities. For neighbouring authorities the costs of services will be the same as those for Norfolk schools and academies with a small additional charge to cover mileage and time from the nearest border with Norfolk.

What teachers have said about ELS services:

  • “It enabled the children to research independently and more accurately than on the internet. I used them to help my knowledge too.” Swanton Morley Primary (Extreme Earth / Habitats project loan)
  • “We are able to ensure our pupils have an up to date, inspiring set of books to help with class topics, general interest and hobbies. Our school library is always an area that children want to visit because of the extra books that the mobile van provides.” Arden Grove Infant (ELS Children’s Mobile library visit)

You can also find Norfolk ELS on social media:

Benefits of class visits to libraries: Having and knowing how to use a library card can be life changing, providing opportunities for children and young people to explore a wide range of reading and information sources with friendly, expert staff.

Services offered by public libraries include:

  • Class visits to a library: Pre-booked sessions to promote reading and allow children and young people Key Stages 1,2,3 and 4 (5-18 year olds) to borrow books using their personal library cards. All visits include the opportunity to join the library and explore the range of books available.
  •  Time To Read (formerly Booktime) for Reception children: Norfolk successfully piloted library sessions in Autumn 2015. If schools would like reception children to receive their free Time To Read story packs in a library October – December 2016, please get in touch with your local library.
  • Online resources: Many online subscriptions can be used at school as well as at home or in libraries, including Who Next? An easy to use way to find out who to read next – children’s fiction authors are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way.

The Bridge organisations connect children and young people with high quality arts and culture. The Bridge organisation for Norfolk is the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge. Find out more on their website.

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