Plan ahead to receive your inquiry loan

Find out what an 'inquiry loan' is and how school loan coordinators can plan these requests. Planning your inquiry loan with staff across the school helps ensure you get a loan that best supports students in their learning.

Use our Topic Explorer or our other digital resources to find content to also inspire your inquiry.

Digital resources and guides

Inquiry loan request and return dates

Your school can request 2 inquiry whole-school loans per year and keep each loan for 2 terms.

Loan Loan period Request period Due date (for return)
Inquiry loan 1 Terms 1 and 2 23 November 2016 to 24 February 2017 7 July 2017
Inquiry loan 2 Terms 3 and 4 29 May 2017 to 11 August 2017 14 December 2017
  • What's an inquiry loan?

    An inquiry loan aims to provide students with a range of relevant non-fiction and fiction books and resources to inspire, enthuse and inform them through the inquiry process. Inquiry loans are intended to supplement your local inquiry resources.

    When your school requests a loan, Services to School’s librarians select resources based on the inquiry topic areas listed in your online loan request.

    You can also make author/title requests

    Your school can order up to 5 individual items (author/titles) as part of your whole-school inquiry loan.

    These items come from the Schools Lending Collection and have the same issue period as the whole-school loan.

  • What's an inquiry loan?

    An inquiry loan aims to provide students with a range of relevant non-fiction and fiction books and resources to inspire, enthuse and inform them through the inquiry process. Inquiry loans are intended to supplement your local inquiry resources.

    When your school requests a loan, Services to School’s librarians select resources based on the inquiry topic areas listed in your online loan request.

    You can also make author/title requests

    Your school can order up to 5 individual items (author/titles) as part of your whole-school inquiry loan.

    These items come from the Schools Lending Collection and have the same issue period as the whole-school loan.

  • Number of resources and inquiry topics for your loan

    The number of books and resources your school can receive in each inquiry loan depends on the size of your school roll.

    Your school roll size also determines the number of inquiry topics you can request for these resources. An 'inquiry topic' states the inquiry focus for a group of resources (e.g. 'animals including insects, birds, fish, whales').

    For example:

    • A school with a roll size of between 0–49 students is entitled to an inquiry allocation per loan of up to 65 items, across 4 inquiry topics.
    • A school with a roll size of between 450–549 students is entitled to an inquiry allocation per loan of up to 215 items, across 10 inquiry topics.

    What you can borrow gives the allocation for your school's roll size.

    Availability of resources

    Your request is put together from resources available on our shelves. Sometimes resources may not be available for a topic because:

    • the topic is in high demand — e.g. Anzac Day, Waitangi Day
    • there are few resources published at any level — e.g. Pacific Islands
    • there's nothing published for a particular year level — e.g. French Revolution for year 1.

    If we can't send you resources for a topic, try using Topic Explorer or our other online digital resources.

    Digital resources and guides

  • Number of resources and inquiry topics for your loan

    The number of books and resources your school can receive in each inquiry loan depends on the size of your school roll.

    Your school roll size also determines the number of inquiry topics you can request for these resources. An 'inquiry topic' states the inquiry focus for a group of resources (e.g. 'animals including insects, birds, fish, whales').

    For example:

    • A school with a roll size of between 0–49 students is entitled to an inquiry allocation per loan of up to 65 items, across 4 inquiry topics.
    • A school with a roll size of between 450–549 students is entitled to an inquiry allocation per loan of up to 215 items, across 10 inquiry topics.

    What you can borrow gives the allocation for your school's roll size.

    Availability of resources

    Your request is put together from resources available on our shelves. Sometimes resources may not be available for a topic because:

    • the topic is in high demand — e.g. Anzac Day, Waitangi Day
    • there are few resources published at any level — e.g. Pacific Islands
    • there's nothing published for a particular year level — e.g. French Revolution for year 1.

    If we can't send you resources for a topic, try using Topic Explorer or our other online digital resources.

    Digital resources and guides

  • Work with teachers to build your loan request

    The school loan coordinator coordinates the request for the whole school. They discuss with teachers the inquiry topic areas your school would like to request resources for, and collect all the information needed to complete the online loan request form.

    On the online request form, for each inquiry topic requested as part of your loan, you'll need to enter:

    • its inquiry topic — there's space for 150 characters, so you'll need to be clear and concise
    • the curriculum area and strand the topic relates to
    • the reading age you need resources for
    • the year levels you need resources for.

    Providing teachers with a deadline to work towards may help avoid delays in placing your request.

    School loan case studies give some examples of how schools can coordinate and manage their loans.

  • Work with teachers to build your loan request

    The school loan coordinator coordinates the request for the whole school. They discuss with teachers the inquiry topic areas your school would like to request resources for, and collect all the information needed to complete the online loan request form.

    On the online request form, for each inquiry topic requested as part of your loan, you'll need to enter:

    • its inquiry topic — there's space for 150 characters, so you'll need to be clear and concise
    • the curriculum area and strand the topic relates to
    • the reading age you need resources for
    • the year levels you need resources for.

    Providing teachers with a deadline to work towards may help avoid delays in placing your request.

    School loan case studies give some examples of how schools can coordinate and manage their loans.

  • Tips for getting a great inquiry loan

    In the online form, you build your loan by adding separate inquiry topic requests, 1 for each inquiry topic. So, the number of these topic requests depends on the number of inquiry topics allocated to your school.

    What you can borrow gives the allocation for your school's roll size.

    Make the most of your school's allocation by making as many topic inquiry requests as allowed for your school's roll size.

    Example showing how NOT to complete an inquiry loan request

    In this example, a school with a roll size of 0–49 students can request up to 4 inquiry topics for each whole-school inquiry loan. If they were to request all of their 4 inquiry topics, they would potentially receive up to 16 resources per topic, giving a total of 65 items (their total allocation).

    However, the following table shows the school has only used 1 of the 4 topic areas available to them. This has meant the whole school will receive a maximum of only 16 books (the allocation is prorated according to the number of inquiry topics a school has, based on the size of its school roll).

    Inquiry topic
    Curriculum area and strand Science: Living world
    Your inquiry Habitats: rainforests, oceans, rocky-shore, jungles, plains, insects, birds, fish, farming, whales, endangered species.
    Reading age 5–14
    Year levels 1–8
    • The request has a lot of topics listed in the inquiry field. They relate to different curriculum areas and strands.
    • The year-level range (years 1–8) is too wide and would result in a maximum of only 16 books across your school (depending on its roll).

    Example showing a better inquiry loan request

    A better way to make the previous loan request would be to submit it as 4 separate inquiry topics. This would mean the school was using all of their inquiry topic allocation and would give the school:

    4 x 16 items = up to 64 books across your school (depending on its roll).

    The following examples show what these 4 inquiry requests could look like.

    Inquiry topic 1

    Curriculum area and strand Science: Living world
    Your inquiry Habitats: rainforests, oceans, rocky-shore, jungles, plains
    Reading age 5–7
    Year levels Year 1–2
    • Curriculum area and strand match the inquiry topic with fewer topics in the inquiry box.
    • A narrower year-level range means between 16 books for these year levels.

    Inquiry topic 2

    Curriculum area and strand Science: Living world
    Your inquiry Animals including insects, birds, fish, whales
    Reading age 7–9
    Year levels Year 3–4
    • Curriculum area and strand match the inquiry topics with fewer topics in the inquiry box.
    • A narrower year-level range means between 16 books for these year levels.

    Inquiry topic 3

    Curriculum area and strand Technology: Nature of technology
    Your inquiry Changes in technology and the impact on farming e.g. tractors, milking machines
    Reading age 9–12
    Year levels Year 5–6
    • Curriculum area and strand match the inquiry topics with fewer topics in the inquiry box.
    • A narrower year-level range means between 16 books for these year levels.

    Inquiry topic 4

    Curriculum area and strand Cross-curriculum
    Your inquiry Endangered species — looking for all curriculum areas, English, art, science, social sciences etc.
    Reading age 10–14
    Year levels Year 7–8
    • Curriculum area and strand match the inquiry topic — cross-curriculum (gives you resources across the curriculum on a particular inquiry topic).
    • A narrower year-level range means 16 books for these year levels.

    Remember that allocations differ according to the roll size of your school.

    What you can borrow gives the allocation for your school's roll size.

  • Tips for getting a great inquiry loan

    In the online form, you build your loan by adding separate inquiry topic requests, 1 for each inquiry topic. So, the number of these topic requests depends on the number of inquiry topics allocated to your school.

    What you can borrow gives the allocation for your school's roll size.

    Make the most of your school's allocation by making as many topic inquiry requests as allowed for your school's roll size.

    Example showing how NOT to complete an inquiry loan request

    In this example, a school with a roll size of 0–49 students can request up to 4 inquiry topics for each whole-school inquiry loan. If they were to request all of their 4 inquiry topics, they would potentially receive up to 16 resources per topic, giving a total of 65 items (their total allocation).

    However, the following table shows the school has only used 1 of the 4 topic areas available to them. This has meant the whole school will receive a maximum of only 16 books (the allocation is prorated according to the number of inquiry topics a school has, based on the size of its school roll).

    Inquiry topic
    Curriculum area and strand Science: Living world
    Your inquiry Habitats: rainforests, oceans, rocky-shore, jungles, plains, insects, birds, fish, farming, whales, endangered species.
    Reading age 5–14
    Year levels 1–8
    • The request has a lot of topics listed in the inquiry field. They relate to different curriculum areas and strands.
    • The year-level range (years 1–8) is too wide and would result in a maximum of only 16 books across your school (depending on its roll).

    Example showing a better inquiry loan request

    A better way to make the previous loan request would be to submit it as 4 separate inquiry topics. This would mean the school was using all of their inquiry topic allocation and would give the school:

    4 x 16 items = up to 64 books across your school (depending on its roll).

    The following examples show what these 4 inquiry requests could look like.

    Inquiry topic 1

    Curriculum area and strand Science: Living world
    Your inquiry Habitats: rainforests, oceans, rocky-shore, jungles, plains
    Reading age 5–7
    Year levels Year 1–2
    • Curriculum area and strand match the inquiry topic with fewer topics in the inquiry box.
    • A narrower year-level range means between 16 books for these year levels.

    Inquiry topic 2

    Curriculum area and strand Science: Living world
    Your inquiry Animals including insects, birds, fish, whales
    Reading age 7–9
    Year levels Year 3–4
    • Curriculum area and strand match the inquiry topics with fewer topics in the inquiry box.
    • A narrower year-level range means between 16 books for these year levels.

    Inquiry topic 3

    Curriculum area and strand Technology: Nature of technology
    Your inquiry Changes in technology and the impact on farming e.g. tractors, milking machines
    Reading age 9–12
    Year levels Year 5–6
    • Curriculum area and strand match the inquiry topics with fewer topics in the inquiry box.
    • A narrower year-level range means between 16 books for these year levels.

    Inquiry topic 4

    Curriculum area and strand Cross-curriculum
    Your inquiry Endangered species — looking for all curriculum areas, English, art, science, social sciences etc.
    Reading age 10–14
    Year levels Year 7–8
    • Curriculum area and strand match the inquiry topic — cross-curriculum (gives you resources across the curriculum on a particular inquiry topic).
    • A narrower year-level range means 16 books for these year levels.

    Remember that allocations differ according to the roll size of your school.

    What you can borrow gives the allocation for your school's roll size.

  • Request an inquiry loan

    How to request a loan — quick guide for loan coordinators explains how to use our online form to request your inquiry loan.

  • Request an inquiry loan

    How to request a loan — quick guide for loan coordinators explains how to use our online form to request your inquiry loan.

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