Library and Schools Initiative

Primary schools

Our initiative aims to promote reading for pleasure amongst primary school children.

Every child who is signed up receives a complementary premium school library card. With these special cards, children can borrow 5 books and they won't build up any late fees.

For more information email library.enquiries@merton.gov.uk

High schools

Libraries are now reaching out to high schools in Merton to support literacy. Schools are encouraged to sign their students up to school membership and let young people know they can request copies of books in their local library to support their studies, or browse books to read for pleasure. There are no fees. Here are other benefits: 

  • Books for all interests
  • Computer, Wi-Fi and internet access
  • Study space
  • Reference resources and online learning tools
  • Ebooks and Emagazines
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Free printing credits for homework (5 BW or 2 Colour)
  • DVD rental, including blockbuster films
  • Activities and events

Schools signed up to the initiative get one free use of the Merton Arts Space, 25% off additional usage, and free access to specially arranged events for teens. 

For more information email library.enquiries@merton.gov.uk

What do our children think?

Don't take our word for it, take a look at what the children think of this initiative:

"Thank you very much for inviting us to your library, and thank you for our library card. I really enjoyed looking for books and taking part in the quiz. Since going to the library I go more often with my sister and with my mum."

"I love the library and was happy to learn about it. The library is a special place and when I read a book I am filled with wonder. It's like I'm actually watching what's happening. I hope I can visit again."

"Thank you for letting us come to your library and also for giving us Premium School membership cards. I liked using the Dewey decimal system to find a book. Thank you for letting us take out a book and also for the bookmark."