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Dudley Schools’ Library Service provides high-quality resources and professional advice to support literacy and learning across the curriculum, as well as promoting reading and encouraging reading for pleasure.

Dedicated staff provide an efficient service to schools across the Dudley borough and beyond, with a delivery and collection service to your door.

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Supporting reading and learning in schools

Why use us?

By using Dudley Schools’ Library Service you can:

  • access a large selection of high-quality books and other resources, including artefacts, improving the resources you can offer to your pupils
  • save money – why buy when you can borrow? Give pupils access to attractive, high-quality and up-to-date books (the purchase price for the contents of a typical project box would be over £200)
  • save valuable teacher time – let us source resources and hand-pick appropriate curriculum-based material for planning and delivering your lessons
  • save space - update your resources on a regular basis with no need to worry about storage space in your school
  • develop your pupils’ reading and literacy skills
  • promote reading and encourage reading for pleasure
  • support the achievement and progress of you pupils across the curriculum

What teachers say about us:

"Borrowing books and materials from the SLS across the year is a huge saving for the school as it would cost far more to buy the range and quality of materials which they supply.  The contents of the boxes are always excellent".  School Library Co-ordinator

"Using Dudley SLS has enabled us to provide an enormous range of literature and resources for our children, a range they would never have access to otherwise. An outstanding service". Teacher

How can we support you?

  • termly project loans to support teaching and learning in the classroom
  • fiction loans for author studies or to supplement classroom collections
  • loans of guided reading and share-a-sets for Literacy
  • artefact and storysack loans to help bring the curriculum alive with “hands-on” activities
  • annual book quiz competitions for Years 2 to 6
  • school library development advice
  • other advice and guidance e.g. ideas for Book Weeks

Our resources and subscription

Our subscription service offers fantastic value for money and a financially viable way for schools to invest in resources.  Schools place termly orders, allowing you to regularly update and refresh your resources.  This enables schools to meet curriculum requirements, and to ensure that classrooms are always well-stocked and lessons well-resourced. The termly package includes fiction and non-fiction, plus a selection of our other resources – please contact us for further details.  

Our resources:

  • topic boxes (usually 20 books, on everything from Ancient Greece to chocolate!)
  • reading for pleasure fiction boxes (normally 20 books)
  • author boxes
  • guided reading sets (6-8 copies of a fiction/non-fiction title)
  • share-a-sets (20-30 copies of a fiction title) catalogue ordered by author, catalogue ordered by title
  • big books - We have a large collection of big books suitable for shared reading, including both fiction and non-fiction titles. 
  • artefacts
  • Storysacks
  • DVDs
  • Modern Foreign Language and dual language books

Looking for help with your school library or reading spaces?

We can help! Our School library development service includes: 

  • editing your stock
  • book auditing
  • identifying stock gaps and helping with purchasing

We can also give you ideas on how best to use your spaces and provide advice about refurbishment.

Consultancy can be provided for a whole or part day – please contact us to chat about your individual needs.

Book Quizzes

Year 2 Book Quiz

A fun Book Quiz delivered in individual schools with pupils from the same class/year group playing against each other in two teams.  Each team consists of four players and two reserves.  Pupils read eight books selected and provided by the SLS, and then answer a range of different types of questions about the books.

KS2 Literacy Book Quiz 

An inter-school Quiz for Years 3/4 and Years 5/6, each team consisting of four players and up to four reserves.  Pupils read books supplied by the SLS and compete against other schools in a series of heats, culminating in an exciting final.  Years 3/4 read eight books and Years 5/6 six books. 

What are the benefits?

  • encourages reading for pleasure
  • introduces pupils to different authors, genres and themes
  • helps to develop reading stamina
  • develops pupils’ reading and comprehension skills
  • fosters teamwork and cooperation

What you say about us!

"It allowed us the opportunity to stretch our gifted and talented readers in an enjoyable, engaging way.  A brilliant way to engage children in their reading".  Year 2 Teacher

"A parent came in to say how their child’s confidence had been given a boost and they were desperate to read more and more".  KS1 Manager

"The Literacy Book Quiz develops many skills – reading and personal, and gives chance to have such a super range of books to read and share.  A super opportunity".  Head Teacher

Our Resources

  • To subscribe or discuss any of our services or queries you may have, please contact us:

    Schools’ Library Service
    Longfellow Road
    Lower Gornal
    DY3 3EE 

    Tel:  01384 812850
    Opening Hours:  Mon - Fri  8.30am - 4.30pm (including school holidays).
    Teachers are welcome to visit us, please give us a call or an email to arrange this.