Why Libraries are Important

Research shows that when teachers collaborate with the librarian to teach classroom content, it helps to engage students, build meaning and relevance, and improve literacy — all of which help to boost achievement. The Colorado Study (2000) found a clear link between improved CSAP reading scores and teacher/librarian collaboration.

The core mission of the school library is to ensure that students are information literate, which means they are effective users of information and ideas. This is accomplished by:

  • Providing access to materials in all formats (books, periodicals, audiovisual and electronic sources)
  • Providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing and using information and ideas
  • Working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of all students

School libraries also:

  • Improve student achievement on standardized tests
  • Help students to develop a lifelong love of reading and literature
  • Serve as a resource for teachers to enhance classroom instruction
  • Provide computer access and technology instruction
  • And much, much more…