Room for both the smaller and the older children

December 18 / School libraries

Dalum Public Library, Denmark

School libraries are mainly for children from the age of 5 to the age of 16 or 18, depending on the age of the pupils in the connecting school. Because of the large age span, it is important that the library contains something for the smaller as well as the older children.

The school library can be placed centrally in the school and be an area that the pupils cross several time a day. It is also a possibility that the school library is an integrated part of a public library, known as a combi-library. A combi-library needs to meet the needs of those using the library during the day to read the newspaper, while making sure that there is room for many children at the same time.

A part of the children's education

December 18 / School libraries

Dagnæs School Library, Denmark

Areas for learning and study

Being that the users of the school library are children from the age of 5 to the age of 16/18, it is important that the library accommodate the needs of the whole age span as well as focus on being a school library. Areas for learning, study, computers and space for group work are essential in a school library as some tutorials can take place in the school library instead of in the classroom. The library needs to accommodate the different learning styles depending on the different national school reforms.