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Inspiring Libraries - Hertfordshire Library Strategy

Hertfordshire County Council’s strategy for a modern and sustainable library service sets out the vision for Hertfordshire Library Service for the next ten years. This follows on from a public consultation last year, when we received the views of over 15,000 Hertfordshire residents. 

The new strategy focuses on three key themes. 

  • The library as a vibrant community asset, where services are delivered in close partnership with local people to reflect local need.
  • The digital library – a service that builds on and develops further the use of technology.
  • The gateway to reading, information and wellbeing – building on the libraries’ valued role in providing access to books, information and knowledge

Some of the changes proposed in the new strategy include:

  • joining up with other organisations or services to share buildings where possible
  • three clear tiers of libraries – to clarify what customers can expect
  • exploiting new technology by increasing self-service facilities to extend opening hours and offering opportunities for people to use and learn about latest technology
  • making more use of volunteers to support the delivery of library services
  • developing a high quality online library service

The county council will continue to ensure that vulnerable and isolated people unable to visit their local library can still access library services.

More details on the implementation of the new strategy will be available in September and consultation with local communities will take place where specific recommendations affect local library services

You can read the strategy in full at:

Hertfordshire Public Libraries

General Information:

Information for teachers:

Herts for Learning - Dual and Foreign Language Collection

There are approximately 2000 books and over 60 different languages available to support speakers of other languages available for loan. The collection aims to support speakers of, and not learners of, a language. The books range from nursery to lower secondary but are predominantly fiction. The majority of dual language books support KS1 and KS2. For some of the most popular novels we are able to supply the foreign language edition alongside the English version, for example Jacqueline Wilson and JK Rowling.

There will be a small lending fee for this service.

For further information please visit:

Visually Impaired Collection

This collection of large print books and audio books is now administered by:

Visual Impairment Team
Specialist Advisory Service
The Woodside Centre
The Commons
Welwyn Garden City
Telephone: 01707 320697 
Fax: 01707 339151

JCS online resources

In 2009 SLS set up a JCS buying group to enable schools to obtain good quality online resources at a significant discount – this group is continuing as a regional consortium. For information on resources currently available at consortia rates see:

To set up trials, for new subscriptions or for queries about existing subscriptions, please contact Sarah Rushworth on or telephone 01865 339461.

External Organisations

School Library Association (SLA)
CILIP (including School Libraries Group)
National Literacy Trust (including Schools Network)
The Reading Agency (including Summer Reading Challenge & Chatterbooks reading groups)
Stories From The Web

Neighbouring Schools Library Services

SLS Map on SLA web site
Neighbouring Schools Library Services (click name for web site):



Here are contact details for some of the trainers and consultants who have been regular visitors to SLS over the years:

Lynne Brent (display workshops) - lynnebrent@hotmail
Helen Bromley (literacy speaker, trainer and writer) -
Geoff Dubber (primary and secondary school libraries)
Anne Harding (libraries, reading and learning)
Jerry Hurst (supporting work with readers and learners)
Paul Johnson (literacy through the book arts)

Book information online

Books for Keeps (online magazine – articles & reviews)
Achuka (children’s book blog – links to reviews etc.)

Some useful publications

Carousel (termly magazine – articles & reviews)
The School Librarian (SLA quarterly magazine)
SLA Guidelines series (useful handbooks on school library topics)

Book supply

Peters (library suppliers)
Davids Bookshop, Letchworth

Other suppliers such as Kent Book Company, Askews etc.

Library furniture

Graham Phillips (Equipment Officer, Hertfordshire Business Services)
01707 292331

Crossbrook (library shelving and other furniture)

(Note: Crossbrook has a contract for library furniture for Hertfordshire schools so orders should be placed via Graham Phillips to obtain discount)

Kit Shop (Peters)

Specialist library equipment suppliers


Library management systems

MLS (Junior Librarian &
Softlink (Alice & Oliver)


(Links current at 31st March 2012)