Understanding school libraries

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Find out what makes an effective school library, and why it matters. Discover the latest thinking and research about the role of the library in teaching and learning.

The school library is part of your school’s teaching and learning environment. It provides resources and services that support students, staff, families and whānau. Your library’s resources, physical space, and staff have tremendous potential to make a difference to students’ achievement, educational equity, and their social and emotional well-being.