School Libraries

School Libraries Make the Difference

More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement.

Yet, many students are returning to school without a resource essential for success: a strong school library program lead by a certified school librarian.

Why are school libraries essential?

Schools with a strong school library program and a certified school librarian ensure their students have the best chance to succeed.  Certified school librarians make the whole school more effective.  They teach students how to learn and help teachers drive student success. Learn more about today's school libraries.

 

Are School Libraries really in danger?

Students and teachers love and value school libraries, and millions use them every day.  However, our children's education and readiness for the workplace is in peril as school library budgets and school librarians are cut.  Learn more about the threat to school libraries.

How can I get involved?

Ensure excellence for every student by demanding a school library with a certified school librarian in every school.  You can make a difference!  Become an advocate for school libraries lead by certified school librarians.  Learn what you can do.

FAQ's and Definitions

Frequently asked questions about the need for school libraries and school librarians and definitions for terms throughout this section of the website. Learn more.

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