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Schools Library and Resource Service

Subscription package

Why use us?

By using the Schools Library and Resource Service you can:

  • save time and money
  • promote reading for pleasure especially our fabulous annual Coventry Inspiration Book Awards voted locally by schools 
  • respond quickly to curriculum demands
  • develop your pupils' information literacy skills
  • improve the quality of your school's resources

What do we offer?

  • advice and guidance
  • termly project loans to support topic teaching in the classroom
  • annual loans to supplement library and classroom collections
  • artefact loans to help bring the curriculum to life with 'hands-on' experiences
  • digital offer to enhance reading opportunities
  • up-to-date book recommendations and reviews to keep staff in touch with publishing trends
  • support for Primary and KS3 literacy improvement strategies
  • school library computerisation
  • training opportunities for teachers and librarians
  • library maintenance

When are we open?

  • Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm 

Sessions outside these hours are available by prior arrangement.

The Schools Library and Resource Service is open during school holidays - please telephone for details.

Primary Schools

The Subscription Service includes: 2 books per capita Annual Loan or 200 items, whichever is the greater (to qualify for the minimum loan a school must use their whole school number on roll). Full exchange once per year, partial exchange by arrangement.

Secondary Schools

1.5 books per capita Annual Loan or 150 items, whichever is the greater (to qualify for the minimum loan a school must use their whole school number on roll). Full exchange once per year, partial exchange by arrangement.

The standard package includes:

Full term Project Loan collections: 

  • 0-150 pupils = 4 projects          
  • 151-250 pupils = 7 projects
  • 251-350 pupils = 14 projects
  • 351-550 pupils = 21 projects
  • 551+ pupils = 28 projects

Vouchers are issued annually (in April) and will be valid until the end of the following academic year (July). This allows you to use them over 4 terms.

If you require further project vouchers these are available at a discounted price of £55 per voucher.

Artefact Loan membership for ALL teaching staff

This entitles each member of staff to loans of up to 4 resource items for 3 weeks. Please go to the Artefact Loan page for further details.

1 hour Advisory Visit per annum

  • A discount if you require extra Advisory Work
  • Access to free telephone and email advice.

Schools may choose the level at which they wish to subscribe, e.g. a school may subscribe for only a proportion of the pupils on the school's roll.

E-Book Lending Platform (Secondary Schools only)

A minimum of 30 logins (if buying in for full number on roll) plus 1 login for every 5 additional pupils above 100 (i.e. if buying in for 800 pupils you would receive 170 individual user logins).

Do you need help managing your SLS subscription? 

The Subscription Plus package for Primary Schools includes:

In addition to everything included in the standard subscription package for Primary Schools SLS will manage the whole annual loan service for you. Professional Librarians will select the annual loan books based on a small amount of guidance from the school (e.g. particular curriculum topics required, or targeting fiction for specific pupil groups). SLS staff will then import the new books to the school library computer system (as long as it is compatible (Junior Librarian) and remove the previous loan. The books will then just need to be put on the shelf when they arrive in school. This can be a very cost effective solution to maintaining a good school library collection especially when there are increasing demands on teaching staff time and the expense associated with classroom cover. As well as this the school will also get access to the specialised E-Book Platform created by SLS to support reading for pleasure in the classroom and at home. The school will get enough logins for one year group to be able to access the site at once. For example a 2 form entry school will get 60 logins as part of the subscription plus. Additional logins can be purchased from the PAYG menu. See E-Book Lending Platform page for further details about how the e-book platform works.

The Subscription Plus package for Secondary Schools includes:

In addition to everything included in the standard subscription package for Secondary Schools SLS will manage the whole annual loan service for you. Professional Librarians will select the annual loan books based on a small amount of guidance from the school (e.g. particular curriculum topics required, or targeting fiction for specific pupil groups). SLS staff will then import the new books to the school library computer system (as long as it is compatible (Eclipse) and remove the previous loan. The books will then just need to be put on the shelf when they arrive in school. This can be a very cost effective solution to maintaining a good school library collection especially when there are increasing demands on staff time. Included in the package will be the library support package which gives additional support to the library and includes Reading Update and Secondary Forum. See Training and Support page for more information.  

Schools Library and Resource Service

Email: sls@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7697 5485

Visit: http://www.coventry.gov.uk/sls

Central Library
Smithford Way
Coventry
CV1 1FY

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