East Riding

Schools' Library Service

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About Us

The East Riding Schools' Library Service (SLS) supports schools with a cost effective range of high quality fiction and non-fiction books and resources, linked to the National Curriculum, to inspire children, enhance learning and foster a love of reading.

Discover everything you need to know about our service from the people who really matter - our teachers and their pupils - in just 4 minutes. Watch our video to find out more!

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Latest SLS News Check here each term for updates on box collection and delivery dates, news from the SLS team and more!

Project Box and Whole Class Book Sets Collection dates for Summer Term 2022

Books will be collected between 14 and 21 July 2022.

Specific collections dates for each school are displayed on the boxes.

Reminders will be sent by email shortly before collections commence.

Please note: Whole Class Book Sets must be returned on the due date, unless an extension has been agreed. Contact jacqueline.bonell@eastriding.gov.uk for further advice.

Place book set orders for autumn 2022 Have you submitted your form?

Check availability of our book sets online at eastridinglibraries.co.uk/slsbooksets

Book Set Request forms must be completed.

Request your form from: jacqueline.bonell@eastriding.gov.uk

Download the winning Poems What a Topsy Turvy Year! Poetry Competition 2021

Download the PDF eBook of all the winning and short listed poems. Well done to all the children who took part.

Download the Topsy Turvy eBook (PDF 12.3MB)

Who is it for

The SLS is for all schools, maintained or academy. Every teacher in a subscribing school is able to borrow 50 to 60 books per term at a fraction of the purchase cost. It is the only organisation which carries sufficient stock to provide a continually evolving library, supplying each teacher and every classroom with the books needed to deliver the curriculum.

If you are interested in our service, but outside the East Riding of Yorkshire local authority, please contact us to discuss how we may be able to meet your needs.

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What's included in the service

Experienced staff select and maintain the stock to ensure it is current, vibrant and fit for purpose. Contracts are made depending on your school type and size but all include:

  • Bespoke fiction and non-fiction boxes each term, chosen from a range of over 60,000 books with delivery and collection included
  • Books in excellent condition - we review and replace them regularly
  • Class reading sets (View availability online)
  • A wide range of additional artefacts and resource packs to complement books
  • Specialist dyslexia friendly fiction titles - just let us know when you order
  • Professional advice from our friendly team
  • And much more!

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Which project boxes will you choose for this term? There's a wealth of knowledge in our box sets to boost every curriculum, at every level...
First words
From their first words...
... to their first discoveries.
From what makes man...
... to what man makes.
Take them around the world in 80 days...
... or maybe stay close to home.
Teach them about the smallest things in the world...
Kid group
... and then how small we are in the universe.
Let them discover a range of animals...
... and where those animals live.
Or take them back in time through the century...
... further back with the deadly vikings...
...you can't teach history in a day! Go back further still with the Romans...
... help them unearth the mysteries of Ancient Egypt....
... take their history travels to the very beginnings with our Stone and Bronze Age books.

"Stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction are chosen for reading to develop pupils' vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading. Pupils are familiar with and enjoy listening to a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction."

Ofsted School Inspection Handbook 2019


Books engage and inspire children, enhancing their learning, developing essential reading skills and building the foundations for a life-long love of reading. In addition, the Schools' Library Service has many other benefits for your school, including:

  • No fines! We deliver and collect, so you never have to worry about late fees
  • Fantastic value for money, saving hundreds compared to buying books
  • Bespoke boxes to suit your children and curriculum targets
  • Regular addition of new titles linked to the national curriculum
  • Enhances children's learning experience
  • Supports whole class guided reading for inclusive and fun learning

How it worksYou order, and we drop off and collect. That's all there is to it!

Send us your order
Order forms are curriculum based and emailed to schools. Simply complete with your requirements and email to us.
We deliver
At the start of each term we will deliver your requested non-fiction box complete with a few artefacts to bring the curriculum to life. Fiction boxes are delivered seperately.
We collect
At the end of the term, we will come and collect your books.

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How much could your school save?

Our competitive pricing structure ensures that each book you borrow through the Schools Library Service is a potential saving; offering access to a huge catalogue of titles and topics each term at a fraction of the cost of creating your own collection.

For example - a local school orders 50 books a term each for three classes. These 450 books would have cost the school around £3,600 per year (based on an average cost to school of £8 per book). The School Library Service charges this school £208 for the year - a potential saving of £3,392.

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"A good school library service can have a significant impact on pupils' literacy. We would like to see all schools have a well-stocked library."

Department of Education
Encouraging Reading for Pleasure

How to sign up

Get in touch with the Schools' Library Service team and let us know your name, school and a contact email so we can discuss options for your school. Still unsure about the benefits for your school? We're happy to have a chat with no obligation to sign up.

Ready to start saving your school time and money? Email us on schools.library.service@eastriding.gov.uk or call (01482) 392726 or 392728.

Not a teacher?

If you are a parent, and would like to encourage your child's school to join the Schools' Library Service, simply contact us or share this information with them.