Schools library service


Important Information


Please note that SLS is now closed and all van deliveries have been cancelled. We thank all our customers for their support during this time

School Library Service - update 6 April 2020

As you may be aware School Library Service (SLS) closed on Friday 20th March along with many other services. 

The SLS team has been temporarily redeployed to help across the council where needed.

However, we will be back. It is too early to say when we will reopen but we will keep you up to date with such information.

Huge thanks to those schools that have already signed up for 2020/21. We are aware that there will be discussions and changes to the charges quoted and again we will be in touch when we know more.

The SLS team sends our best wishes to all our colleagues in schools across Wakefield. You are doing an amazing job through this crisis & we look forward to seeing you, the children & everyone as soon as is possible.

Take care everyone and thank you.

Wendy Mitchell and the SLS Team 


The SLS is experiencing connectivity problems. IT are dealing with it and the problem will be resolved as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.​

Opening hours and location

Term time Airedale Academy
Crewe Road
WF10 3JU
01977 727 074
Monday to Friday1pm to 5pm (morning visits by appointment only)
School holidays including inset days
Monday to Friday8.30am to 3.30pm

The Schools Library Service supports learning in schools by providing quality resources, expertise and advice.


Book loans for individual teachers, including:
  • Project loans (Up to 30 books per project per class for 1 term to a maximum of 3 projects)
  • Classroom loans (Up to 50 books per class for 1 term to support reading for pleasure)
  • Half Class Sets, 15 copies of a particular title, are available for teachers to borrow for up to a term. These are ideal to read together as a class, promoting reading for pleasure and linking fiction with curriculum topics. Please download the list, which shows you the author, title, genre and a synopsis of the story. These are heavily used so please order early to avoid disappointment.
  • Big books (4 large format books per class for 1 term)

Book loans school libraries – up to 300 books for your primary school library / up to 450 for your secondary school library.

School library advice and support: including library design, editing, colour coding, classification, stock gaps and pupil/librarian training.

Inset talks and displays.

Storytimes and book talks.

Resources can be selected by you or we can make your selection for you.

Resources can be collected by you from the Schools Library Service; or, where applicable, delivered to Wakefield public libraries. Deliveries can also be made directly to schools where there are a minimum of 4 boxes to deliver. Please note, where demand is high for deliveries, priority may need to be given to schools outside of a 4 mile radius.

Service Level Agreements

Copies are available on request via email.

Any queries please contact the Schools Library Service using the details to the right, or Wendy Mitchell on

Contact us

Schools library service

Airedale Academy
Crewe Road
WF10 3JU

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01977 727 074