About School Libraries

Five decades of research shows that school libraries help young people learn.  Did you know that…
  • School libraries are learning laboratories where information, technology, and inquiry come together in a dynamic that resonates with 21st century learners.
  • School libraries are the school’s physical and virtual learning commons where inquiry, thinking, imagination, discovery, and creativity are central to students’ information-to-knowledge journey, and to their personal, social and cultural growth. 
  • School librarians understand that children of the Millennium generation are consumers and creators in multi-media digital spaces where they download music, games, and movies, create websites, avatars, surveys and videos, and engage in social networking (National School Boards Association, 2007).  They know that the world of this young generation is situated at the crossroads of information and communication.
  • School librarians bring pedagogical order and harmony to a multi-media clutter of information by crafting challenging learning opportunities, in collaboration with classroom teachers and other learning specialists, to help learners use the virtual world, as well as traditional information sources, to prepare for living, working, and life-long learning in the 21st century.
  • Schools without libraries minimize the opportunities for students to become discriminating users in a diverse information landscape and to develop the intellectual scaffolds for learning deeply through information. 

Read more in “School Libraries Now More Than Ever” from Rutgers University’s Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries.

An abundance of evidence strongly supports the connection between student achievement and the presence of school libraries with qualified school library media specialists. When library media specialists work with teachers to support learning opportunities with books, computer resources, and more, students learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized test scores than their peers in schools without good libraries.  

Read the research in
by Scholastic Research.