Portsmouth City Council's school library service is dedicated to providing library services for city schools, including books to borrow or buy, training and advice to support school staff, and annual events.

With over 25,000 books on our shelves we have probably the biggest collection of children’s books in the area, catering for all age groups from early years through to key stage 4. We offer books to tempt the most reluctant readers and to extend the more able.

Books borrowed from Portsmouth school library service now come fitted with Accelerated Reader (AR) information grids and spine dots, and we are also able to advise schools on integrating AR information into their library catalogue effectively. We can help with: 

  • Library planning, improvement planning and policy creation
  • Stock work and development
  • Statistical reports on library performance to inform self-evaluation
  • Library shelving and layout advice
  • Library staff recruitment and training
  • Computerised library management systems
  • Advice on reader development initiatives, book events and author visits

Teachers and school library staff are welcome to visit the school library service centre and select books. Our friendly, well-informed staff are always ready to help you choose.

The school library service centre is at Beacon View Primary Academy, Cheltenham Road, PO6 3PL (please use PO6 3PY with a satnav).  

For more information, email school.library@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or phone 023 9232 6612.

We offer a broad range of high quality, up-to-date books to support the primary and secondary school curriculum and reading for pleasure. Schools may borrow two to three items per pupil.

Schools can exchange a large proportion of their collection every year, and this cost-effective stock rotation means they can easily:

  • obtain the newest books just published
  • meet changing topic needs
  • respond to pupil generated requests
  • replace worn books.

Our stock includes:

  • Picture books for younger readers 
  • Story books for all age groups
  • Information books 
  • Dual language material in 45 different languages 
  • Fiction in large print format  
  • eBooks from our own eBook Library

Our specialist online bookshop offers unrivalled choice of primary and secondary school books with the best fiction books to inspire readers, and information books for the curriculum and to promote wider interests. Benefits include:

  • New books at 25% discount
  • Speedy supply direct to schools
  • Books supplied with standard servicing (plastic jackets and spine labels), with Accelerated Reader grids available as an optional extra
  • Easy ordering using our online bookshop, Petranet

The website is easy to use - just ask us for a username and password. We also offer 'get you going' Petranet training free.

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