Your school library and its staff offer many ways to support you as a teacher, ranging from information (digital and print) to support inquiry learners, to a wide range of literary genres from read-alouds to graphic novels and young adult titles. Explore our online resources for learning, and our many other services.

Our services and resources

Lending service

Borrow classroom resources from our collection of books, DVD and CDs.

Resources for learning

Explore our range of digital resources to support learning.

Professional development

Services to Schools provides a range of courses to help you ignite your students’ passion for reading and learning.

Creating a reading culture

Reading for pleasure is the key to lifelong learning. Schools with a reading culture value, model and talk about reading for pleasure. They are places where staff and students read and are encouraged to read at school and at home.

Summer reading

Summer reading is an important activity for children and teens to help prevent the ‘summer slide’ in reading levels. However, they need schools, school libraries, public libraries, families and whānau working together to provide support, encouragement and access to enjoyable reading material.


The range of tools, technologies and the skills to support inquiry learning continue to evolve. Content here includes guidance on re-use and remixing of digital content, supporting inquiry in a Māori context, content curation, and much more.

A community of readers

School staff, school and public libraries, and families form the community of support needed to create readers. While reading is often private, it is also social as people share, discuss and review what they read within and across communities.

Genres and read alouds

Children’s and YA literature is rich and diverse, spanning multiple styles and genre. Increase your knowledge and understanding of genres, find resources and explore strategies for increasing your students’ reading enjoyment.

Digital citizenship

In a world grappling with rapid changes in technology and access to information, Digital citizenship focuses on developing the skills and competencies educators and students need to be responsible, safe and digitally literate. The National Library - Services to Schools, has identified seven key themes we think are important to the development of effective digital citizens.