Inviting and inclusive school libraries

Every child and young person deserves a school library that brings them joy.

Working in partnership with Gloucestershire Libraries and Little Box of Books we provided expert library support and more than 4,500 books to 15 primary schools reaching more than 3,000 children. Following our work, schools unanimously agreed that children were enjoying reading more and reading more often as a result.

Yet, 750,000 children have no library in their primary school. Many more children lack a quality school library that enables them to discover a life-changing love of reading. Together we can change this.

Read the full report here

Click here to access the report via Issuu.



Donate to Read for Good which could enable us to provide brand new books to boost school libaries:

Read for Good is proud to be a supporting partner of The National Literacy Trust’s Primary School Library Alliance, whose aim is to transform 1,000 primary school libraries by 2025.

Read for Good is also a proud member of the Great School Libraries campaign working to bring libraries and access to librarians back to every school in the UK, and urge you to support their essential work.

Practical ways to improve your school library

Help children find the book for them!

Our findings show that creating a child-friendly space can encourage all types of pupils to come back to the library time and time again.

From making the most of your book space by organising books by genre, age group or interest, to tips on how to display books to create a child-friendly space, check out our downloadable tips.

Sourcing free/discounted quality books

Books are expensive! Our report indicates that many teachers are buying books for their school out of their own pockets.

Download our guides on sources of affordable books and funding, inclusive books inspiration, and accessing author visits. You can also apply for a Read for Good Brilliant Box of Books here.

Getting rid of out-of-date stock

It’s almost unthinkable… but getting rid of poor quality books could be the biggest boost to your library space.

Our report highlights the plethora of (very) old stock that is factually incorrect and can reinforce damaging stereotypes. These books may put a first-time library visitor off books for ever. Read our top tips to maintain good quality stock.

Get expert help:

Many areas have a brilliant local public library service to complement the school’s offering.

The School Library Association has great resources, including a list of current local School Library Services.

We’re here to help. Did you know Read for Good has former primary school and secondary school teachers on its team, along with specialist children’s librarians – contact Tash on 01453 839005 or email .