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

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. Benefits include:

  • Schools receive one free use of the Merton Arts Space and 25% off additional usage
  • No fees
  • Free access to special events, previous events include author visits and a Google talk
  • Books for all interests
  • Computer, Wi-Fi and internet access
  • Study spaces, with free group study rooms available to book at Colliers Wood Library
  • 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

For more information email

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."


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