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Education Library Service

The following table has a list of the collection dates and routes. To find which route you are on look at the card on the front of any of the boxes you currently have.

Collection dateCollection route
11 December 2019 1 and 8
12 December 2019 2 and 7
13 December 2019 3 and 6
16 December 2019 4 and 5

Please ensure that all the boxes are complete and ready for collection on the morning of the date in question. Any boxes not returned on the day must be returned at the schools own cost to our Threemilestone address.

Below is the table for the next SLA's (2019/20) availability of project boxes

School size




< 99 pupils




100 - 149




150 - 199




200 - 249




250 - 299




300 - 349




350 - 399




400 - 449




450 - 499




500 - 549




550 - 600




Why not get the box orders out of the way early?

If you know what subjects will be taught next term, this will ensure that you have first pick of the available stock and that they will be delivered at the start of term.

You can order up to a year in advance.  

The last date for ordering is 4pm on the last day of the term before required.  for example for boxes required for the Spring Term you will need to order by the last day of the Autumn Term.  The database will close at this time and not re-open until the start of the new term.

All you need is a suitable level SLA.

ELS is able to support your school with issues that the children may face on a day to day basis with the "Childrens Issues" box. If your service level allows you to sellect the project boxes, we will loan a box to your school for the entire academic year. We can cater for a wide range of requirements from having same sex parental setups through mental health issues and on to appropriate interactions with others. Please contact stating your interest and particular needs. 

We have uploaded pictures of all our museum loans to help with your selection. This will let you see all the varied and colourful artefacts that could be in your classroom, enriching your students learning environment and giving a physical connection to a wide range of subjects.

We have produced this quick help sheet to print and put up in your library to help your teachers and students in regard to our books and the AR scheme.

We have had a number of visits from numerous schools in the county, such as Tregolls School



The pupils definitely seemed to enjoy themselves as the following quotes show:

“It was great. We had so much fun choosing the new books for the library. Jim taught us how to use the signing out system. We felt like actual librarians!”

“We had a brilliant time. I was looking for David Walliams book, Ice Monster, and I found it! I can’t wait to read it.”

 As the title states all are welcome, all we need is a call first to say how many will be attending and how long you intend spending. Some days we do have to close the doors to have time to sort the project boxes. Due to space and H&S we like to try to keep the number of visitors under 35 (staff and pupils combined) per visit

Obviously there are more titles to choose from than the van and you can peruse at your comparative leisure. The library area is in a secure building with access to water, tea/coffee making facilities and toilet facilities (suitable for disabled use). There is also an enclosed courtyard ideal for ‘cool off’ periods for pupils with need of such facilities

The discount on buying books through Education Library Service is 25% (plus 40p for jacket and date labels etc).  Next time you want to buy books for your school please contact us to book a visit to our showroom or we can supply a login to our bookseller's website.

Find out about the benefits of membership to the Education Library Service.

If you need help in cataloguing your library books please view our subject index

Cyber Library contains links to hundreds of websites chosen, described and organised by librarians from public library services across south-west England.

Barrington Stoke publish accessible and enjoyable short books for children who are dyslexic, struggling to read, or simply reluctant to sit down with a book

Books For Keeps is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. It was launched in 1980 and ever since has been reviewing hundreds of new children’s books each year and publishing articles on every aspect of writing for children. There are over 12,500 reviews on our new website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews with the top children’s authors and illustrators.