Service Details

Education Library Service

I’ve never seen so many children so excited and inspired to read!


Research shows that children who read more succeed more, so Norfolk Library and Information Service have a specialist service for all educational settings. We are dedicated to increasing children and young people’s access to and interest in reading as well as working with schools to support staff and improve school library provision.

The expert and experienced ELS staff team support continual improvement through:
  • Loaning excellent resources, using the ELS mobile library as well as deliveries of books and resources
  • Working with children and young people to inspire reading more widely and encourage independent learning and information literacy with sessions in school that add value to teaching and learning
  • Auditing your library stock and environment providing you with a detailed report
  • Saving staff time and money by helping you stock, catalogue and organise your library / book corners as rich and dynamic environments
  • Training, motivating, inspiring, encouraging and training staff as well as keeping staff up to date with the latest trends and developments and provide opportunities to share good practice


Norfolk Education Library Service gives access to a far greater range of new books and resources than any budget would otherwise allow for. Books are consumable and can date as well as deteriorate quickly. This is why the majority of Norfolk schools borrow books from Norfolk ELS.

The service has worked with schools for over 20 years to inspire reading and raise attainment. Whatever your enquiry, our enthusiastic and expert staff team, which includes qualified teachers and librarians, are on the end of the phone to give advice on books, reading and libraries 52 weeks a year.

As well as purchasing services with ELS tokens, being a customer gives access to a range of free services, including free loans of dual language and large print resources while stocks are available, free discussion groups with books provided.

Buying new books at discounted prices – Norfolk ELS has negotiated a significant discount of 26% for any customer wanting to buy books directly from Peters booksellers website, one of the largest educational and children’s book suppliers in the country. Just get in touch with the ELS team to get your password to shop online for books.

More Details

Norfolk ELS has over 143,000 carefully selected books and resources, and operates a simple pricing structure for the services provided. Being a customer means buying at least one ELS token paid for out of school and/or cluster budgets. Norfolk Education Library Service works across Norfolk and with educational settings in other Local Authority areas with no School Library Service. Home Educating families are also welcome to get in touch to find out more.

School visits to public libraries:

Norfolk ELS is part of Norfolk Library and Information Service and encourages school visits to public libraries. Contact your local library or the ELS team.

All public libraries welcome visits from schools. There are a range of options including self service visits with opportunities for a story or an activity when staff capacity allows.

All visits to libraries by schools must be pre-arranged for health and safety reasons, and to allow for parents to give permission for their children to borrow books before the visit.

Contact your local library or email giving your contact details and the best time to get in touch with you for someone at your local library to discuss the visit with you.

Making a difference:

“Reading enjoyment is more important for children’s education success than their family’s socio-economic status.”
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD, 2002)

“Pupils should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose, both fiction and non-fiction, and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Schools should do everything to promote wider reading. They should provide library facilities and set ambitious expectations for reading at home.”

"Children who say they enjoy reading for pleasure are more likely to score well on reading assessments compared to pupils who said they enjoy reading less."

Encouraging reading for Pleasure, DfE, 2012

“School libraries should be a focal point for a school. In a school library there should be the resources to support every aspect of school life: every project, books to support sport, dancing, music, art; and it should also be the place to go for stories and poems. It should be an unmissable, unavoidable place.
Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007 - 2009

Contact Details

Contact the ELS team to find out more about what we can do for your school:
Tel: 01603 222265

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