Making the most of your School Library Book Grant

May 2022
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In April, the Department of Education announced the provision of €20 million in funding to schools to help them build up their libraries. This grant is for schools to purchase fresh, new reading materials including books, audiobooks and other media.

Children’s Books Ireland is working with the Department of Education and Libraries Ireland to help schools buy the best books possible for their libraries, that will inspire and delight students for years to come.

Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, said:

Children’s Books Ireland is ready to support schools as they build up their libraries with books that are contemporary, engaging and representative of their students. Working closely with public libraries, we hope that our downloadable purchasing lists, webinars and resource packs will ensure that all schools are well informed and get the best books for their students with this grant.

Watch the webinars

Step one in this process is a series of webinars which will provide advice, guidance and support to schools in the purchase of their books.

The first webinars were run on the 23rd and 24th May at 7pm. The recording has been published on the Libraries Ireland website, available at the link below, and on their YouTube channel.

These webinars cover:

  • assessing the school collection
  • the practical process of selecting a meaningful book collection for each school
  • reading lists and resources developed by the Libraries service and Children’s Books Ireland
  • Library services supporting schools, emphasising the benefits of class visits, the range of services available, including classroom sets, teachers’ resources, online resources etc.
  • public procurement procedures

Ready to start stocking your library?

Our expert team have put together a pack of reading lists and resources, chosen for their excellence as well as their diverse and inclusive themes. These reading lists are free to download at the below links.

Primary school reading lists

Secondary schools

For more excellent books for children and young people. can also visit the ‘Our Recommendations’ section on our website.