Our work

Teachers looking at Topic Explorer — one of the many tools offered by Services to Schools — on a laptop

Services to Schools supports educators by providing professional learning, advice, and quality resources to inspire and inform student learning, foster their love of reading, and develop their knowledge of culture and heritage.

Well-established, education-focused service

The National Library's Services to Schools has been supporting school libraries and supplementing classroom resources in New Zealand since 1942. The service has continued to evolve to meet schools' needs within an ever-changing education landscape and the fast-moving world of information and knowledge creation.

Today, the focus of our services is on the priority areas of school library development, reading engagement, and digital literacy.

How we support schools

We support schools by:

  • helping them strengthen their libraries and create innovative library services by providing schools with online resources, and professional development and support
  • providing access to quality reading resources and supporting education communities to engage their students with reading
  • providing access to a wide range of resources, both print and digital, to support inquiry and strengthen the capability of educators to create digitally literate learners
  • fostering national collaboration between wider education, literacy and library stakeholders to strengthen impact in the areas of reading engagement, digital literacy, and school libraries.

Our services both model and support the development of highly effective library practice in schools. They have been shaped to provide multiple access points across a range of channels to ensure equity for all.