School Library Service

Supporting learning in schools

Here at the School Library Service, our dedicated and experienced team work with schools in Hampshire and beyond to provide access to the very best library resources. We provide support to over 90% of Hampshire’s schools, making our SLS one of the largest and most successful services of its kind in the country.

A school library should support the curriculum and give pupils a wide range of stimulating reading material. Our purchasing, library design, digital resource and IT services help schools to make their money go further as they work to achieve these goals.

We invite school staff to visit one of four SLS centres located across the county. You can find these centres at Calmore Junior School, Fareham Library, Farnborough Library and South Ham Library.

School Library Service

Our service

  • We provide access to a broad range of resources to support the curriculum and reading for pleasure. These include books, eBooks, eResources, group set collections, story sacks, sensory boxes, and giant print/braille books
  • Subscribers and their students benefit from access to over 95,000 fiction and non-fiction titles
  • We run more than 60 forums, conferences and training sessions for teachers and school librarians each year to support schools’ CPD goals.
  • The SLS virtual learning environment provides support to nearly 1000 teachers and school librarians each term
  • We organise 20 'Meet the Author' events each year, inspiring students to read, write and engage with fiction
  • More than 20,000 pupils take part in our book awards each year.

Advice and support from the SLS team

Hampshire School Library Service provides an advisory service to schools on all library and literacy matters. Subscribers receive advice and practical support to promote and embed literacy across the curriculum. SLS will work with teachers and librarians to get the right book to the right child at the right time.

We have a range of resources including group sets, story sacks, sensory boxes and braille and giant print books. All subscribers can also use our eResources and eBook provision; working with our specialist IT advisory service to improve your library's digital offering. Subscribers also benefit from post-Ofsted support, staff training sessions and our regular Headteacher briefings.’

Advice and support from the School Library Service
Loans and exchanges

Loans and exchanges

The SLS loan and exchange service provides excellent value for money, helping you to keep your offering fresh while minimising spend. Our wide range of group sets cover all age groups and have been specifically selected to support the curriculum. They include a wide variety of book sets for reading groups and guided reading, as well as collections for SEN schools.

Schools can exchange resources as often as they wish during the year. Making an exchange is easy. Visit one of our four local centres, book an appointment with the SLS van, or send your resources back to us via the Hampshire education courier service.

Enrichment activities

Subscribing schools can take part in a variety of events and activities throughout the year. These include Meet the Author events, World Book Day activities and the Hampshire Pupil Librarian of the Year competition.

We also invite schools to take part in our annual Hampshire Book Awards for Years 1, 4, 5 and 8. These put pupils centre stage by giving them the opportunity to get involved in a major literary event which encourages them to critically read, evaluate and review shortlisted titles.

School Library Service digital offering

Our digital offering

Subscribers can access a broad range of resources including eChalk, ProQuest and current affairs website The Day for KS3 and 4 and The Day Explorer for KS2. Library resources can be further enhanced through access to our eBook platform.

Our digital team provide advice for getting the most out of your library management system as you embed it in your library and across the wider curriculum. Hambase, a downloadable database of titles recommended by SLS, helps school staff to select the best resources to meet their needs.

Specialist training and CPD

Subscribers can access a year-round programme of training and professional development for anyone involved in running their primary or secondary school library. Our training and support covers all library related matters, as well as IT and use of technology.

We hold network meetings for library staff every term, as well as regular conferences and courses. We also lead briefings for teachers on the best new library resources available. SLS booklists cover a wide range of subjects. They are available to guide pupils, parents and teachers at each educational stage.

All subscribers have access to the SLS virtual learning environment. This contains our complete collection of advice and resources for teachers. It also gives subscribers access to Hambase; our downloadable database of recommended books.

Book training

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Contact us

You can contact the School Library Service team by phone, email or our online enquiry form.

School Library Service Headquarters
Fareham Library
Osborn Road
PO16 7EN

Phone: 01962 826660

Subscribers who would like to make stock selections are also welcome to visit one of our four regional centres. Visit the purchasing page for more information.