East Lothian Council

Young people services

School library service

School children

Services available

Project Loans

Tell us about your projects for the coming term and we'll provide you with a project box containing a range of resources to support your teaching.

If you'd like us to compile a project box for you, please fill in a Project Request Form.

Books

Our team of experienced librarians select high quality, durable books, and your project box will contain modern, accessible books that will appeal to your pupils. Our collection of books supports all major aspects of the curriculum from 'People who help us' to 'Magnets and electricity'.

Digital Resources

We understand that you may need resources in formats other than books for your project. We have a wide range of online resources available; eBooks, eAudiobooks, our film streaming site, Encyclopaedia Britannica, and SCRAN.

We have free access to Atomic Training and Universal Class; video-based tools which provide ICT training on topics such as website coding, social media, and most Microsoft and Apple software. 

We also offer access to reading promotion tools and book recommendation sites such as Who Next . . . ? A Guide to Children's Authors, Who Else Writes Like . . . ? A Readers Guide to Fiction Authors, and Whichbook, a web resource which enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which closely match your needs.

Artefacts

Our artefacts make learning fun. We have chicken costumes, fire-fighter uniforms, chain mail, glove puppets, Victorian toys, evacuee suitcase, and lots, lots more. These objects can be used in a variety of ways from role-playing to stimulating discussions or even as an inspiration for arts and craft or creative writing.

Fiction collections

We also provide collections of fiction to primary and nursery schools.

Healthy eating

We have packs of resources to support healthy eating promotion in schools and nurseries. These include teaching support materials and plastic food models.

Scotland and East Lothian collections

Our Scotland collection contains a wide range of material (including books, CD-ROMs and DVDs) on subjects such as culture, history and geography. The collection also includes both modern and traditional Scottish literature for young people.

The East Lothian collection contains a range of books, leaflets, maps and videos to help pupils learn about their own heritage. Although most are aimed at adults, we select the resources, which are most suitable for children and young people.

School visits

Make a date with your local library; our members of staff are delighted to receive school visits. Tell us:

  • when you want to visit
  • the number of pupils attending
  • the topics you are researching

We can organise a story time session for your class, and staff will be on hand to help your pupils select appropriate books.

Lennox Author Award

The Lennox Author Award is exclusive to East Lothian Schools and Libraries. The winner of the award is decided by East Lothian school pupils in P5, P6, and P7 - fpr further details have a look at the Lennox Author Award website.

Pupils submit a review of their favourite author, and the best review will win an author event for their school.

The voting system leads to a shortlist of candidates, and each school chooses an author to celebrate through any creative means of their choice; eg drama or animation.

The pupils then lead a Q&A session with the invited authors, and our very own mascot Lennox the Lion will be in attendance.

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