Library operations

Scanner and keyboard.

You can minimise disruption to your school’s library services by preparing for events such as staff changes, building work, a merger with another library, your regular stocktake, technology changes or a civil emergency.


New librarian checklist.

Getting started in your school library — an operations checklist

Our library operations checklist offers suggestions to support new librarians and school library staff. Use this list to identify and gather key information for the day-to-day management of your library.
Suppliers list.

School library suppliers list

Our school library suppliers list is a guide to suppliers of a wide range of library items. The list includes library equipment, software and security systems, furniture and fittings, library signage (including te reo Māori signage), shelving, and more.​
Piles of books during stocktaking

Stocktaking guide

This guide explains why you should do a stocktake of your school library collection and gives a step-by-step process for doing one.
Fire fighters at a fire.

Earthquake, fire, or flood: Impact on school libraries

If your school library or collection is damaged in a disaster, you'll need to manage hazards and insurance, and deal with fire-damaged, wet, or contaminated items. Read our guide and fact sheet based on current conservation advice.
RFID graphic overlaying shelves of library books

Radio-frequency identification (RFID)

This guide outlines what using radio-frequency identification (RFID) is, and what you’ll need to consider when preparing a business case to implement RFID in your school library.
Moving your library.

Tips for moving your library

When your library is about to move into another building you need to make a plan, especially for moving the library’s contents and providing access to resources during the project.
Library mergers need careful planning.

School library mergers

When schools merge often their libraries need to merge too. Use our guide and checklists to help you plan a merger and make sure you've understood all the issues.