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School Libraries

School libraries help prepare students to live and learn in a world of information. The mission of school libraries is to ensure that students and staff are able to use ideas and information.

The libraries provide access to materials in all formats. It helps increase students' interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas.

Research shows that a school library with the right staffing, funding, and a rich collection of books has a positive impact on students.

School districts need to provide library services for teachers and students.

  • For more information about school libraries, contact your local school district.
  • The School Libraries - CalEdFacts page provides more information about school libraries in California.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who work with school libraries.

School Library Standards

Information about and resources to support the Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools adopted by the State Board of Education in September 2010.

Library Surveys

School Libraries and the Common Core State Standards

Library Funding

Frequently Asked Questions


Links to current research about the impact of a quality school library on student achievement.

Library Collection Development

Teacher Librarians

A teacher librarian is a person who possesses both a California teaching credential and a California Teacher Librarian Services credential. Other states frequently refer to this as "library media specialist." Find a program to become a Teacher Librarian.

Legislation to change credential title from library media teacher to teacher librarian became effective on January 1, 2008 (SB 132, Chapter 730, SEC 16).

Requirements as defined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTCC).

Statistics on Teacher Librarians

Assessing Your School Library

Tools for assessing your school library.

What does a good school library look like?

School and Public Library Cooperation

Activities between school libraries and public libraries.

Key Connections

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