Library services for teachers and schools

Library services for teachers and schools

What the library service can do for schools including class visits and special assemblies


Teachers can borrow up to 20 items at a time on an individual basis using their personal library membership card. Find out more about how to join the library.


Class visits to Bristol Libraries

What is a class visit?

Class visits to libraries are already a valuable part of many schools' programmes. Visits can involve an introduction to the library, reading promotion, information literacy games, stories and songs.

We encourage visits from primary and pre-school classes and groups for the following reasons:

  • To provide an opportunity for children of all ages and backgrounds to visit the library.
  • To make children aware of library services and how to access them.
  • To encourage children to join and use the library.
  • To foster a close partnership with schools.
  • To promote and encourage reading for pleasure and as a means of self development.
  • To support language and literacy development.
  • To foster the development of lifelong learning skills.
  • To promote the development of citizenship.

How to arrange a class visit

Teachers or group leaders should contact the library they want to visit at least two weeks in advance to make the arrangements. The library staff may ask you about the following:

  • When you want to visit - have alternative dates in mind in case the library is already booked on the date you want.
  • How many children you want to bring. Normally a primary school class is fine but some libraries are very small and may not be able to accomodate a whole class
  • How old the children are
  • Any special needs that can be planned for such as community languages, physical or visual impairment
  • The purpose of the visit, for example an introduction to the library, to look at resources on a topic, to develop information literacy.

Class visit tickets

Schools visiting the library regularly may be interested in arranging for a class visit cards. This card entitles each child to borrow two books during the class visit. The school will be guarantor for the return of the books. Books borrowed remain at school. The loan period for this type of loan can be altered to suit the time between visits.


Someone from Bristol Libraries Children's and Young People's Team can visit your school to give an assembly covering:

  • Information about your local library.
  • Services for children.
  • Reading programmes for children.
  • Encouraging reading for enjoyment.

Please contact the Children's Librarian on 0117 3534297 or for more information on assemblies.

Bristol School Library Service

Bristol School Library Service closed on Monday 31 March 2014.