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Library services for schools

East Sussex Libraries provide a range of services for schools in the county. 

We can help improve your school library and promote reading for learning and pleasure.

Some of these services are available through East Sussex Libraries | Services 2 Schools.

Free resources for schools

These library services and resources are free for everyone:

Library membership for teachers

Find out about library membership for teachers and our Teachers' Collection of books:

Teachers' membership | East Sussex County Council

Class visits

Find out about class visits to your library and our new virtual class visit option:

Class visits | Services 2 Schools

East Sussex Children's Book Award (ESCBA)

East Sussex Children's Book Award - October to June

We’ve taken the hard work out of finding books to recommend to your pupils in years 5 and 6, to promote reading for pleasure.

The award runs from October to June and it's free to take part.

Schools that register receive a Book Award Support Pack and invitations to author events. Pupils can enter related competitions and activities and submit questions for the shortlisted authors. 

In May, pupils can vote for their favourite book. In June, we have a celebration event and announce the winner.

All titles are free to: 

You can buy your own copies of the six shortlisted books through the Library Service with a 20% discount. 

Services to buy - Reading for Pleasure

We understand that schools can find promoting reading for pleasure a challenge. You want to give pupils a tempting choice of the latest fiction, old favourites and some more unusual choices.

Our Reading for Pleasure offer means we do the hard work for you. Our professional staff can help refresh your school library. We select and supply you with quality books to keep.

You will get 30 books per class. There will be a range for KS1 and KS2, but we will not divide the books into age-specific categories.

The books cover four main areas:

  • established authors and popular titles
  • recently published authors (in paperback – published in last 2 years)
  • picture books 
  • high interest, low ability texts

This will ensure that your school has a good selection of books to encourage pupils to read for pleasure.

The service will cost £175 per class.

We can also help to improve your non-fiction collections.

For help, email library.enquiries@eastsussex.gov.uk 

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