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Student Librarians

What is a Student Librarian? 

A student librarian is a student who works alongside the librarian, helping in the running of the library during lunchtimes. 

Who can apply to become a Student Librarian?

We are looking for students who are hardworking, reliable and have an interests in books, reading and the library as a whole.

What will I do as a Student Librarian?

The role of a student librarian includes:

  • Issuing and returning books for students.
  • Supporting students using the printer and computers. 
  • Writing a termly book review on a book of your choice, to be displayed in the library.


SL’s are expected to behave and conduct themselves in an appropriate and responsible manner; acting as examples on how to use the library to other students. This means being:

  • Sensible whilst in the library 
  • Helpful when assisting other students
  • Having an enthusiastic attitude about working in the library 

SL’s are expected to arrive on time for their assigned duty. If students are unable to make their duty time they must notify Mrs Holmes as soon as possible. 

When and how often will I be on duty? 

Students will be have one main duty per week. 


  • A first choice of the new books 
  • Student Librarian Christmas and Summer celebrations
  • Involvement in Library events
  • Certificate and badge on completion of training.


Student Librarian Training Sessions


  • Introduction to the Library
  • The role of the Librarian
  • The role of the Student Librarians
  • What makes a good Student Librarian


  • Why be a Student Librarian
  • Library behaviour
  • The Library rota
  • Library routines – how to issue and return resources
  • What to do if you get stuck


  • Shelf organisation for fiction
  • Shelf organisation for non-fiction
  • Different kinds of resources in the Library – reference, careers and multimedia
  • Shelving routines

Find & Use

  • Using the catalogue to answer queries 
  • Using reference sources – print and electronic
  • Basic troubleshooting for the printer and computers

Additional Sessions

  • Looking after resources, repairs
  • Health & Safety
  • Displays
  • Recommending new stock
  • Taking requests, handling reservations
  • Developing a survey of Library use, Student Council
  • Contributing to the Library newsletter and Park Life magazine


© Based on the SLA Pupil Librarian Toolkit