Welcome to the new IELS website!

IELS is still closed to visitors except by advance appointment so please submit your loan request form online (top right button) or call us to discuss. Loans can be tailored to individual groups and new class sizes.

Please read the Covid Safety Measures below for info about using library resources at this time. See also our 2 new downloadable booklists to support BAME/Diversity and Covid-19 Feelings

Islington ELS

We deliver a high quality loan service of books, artefacts and costumes to schools across London and neighbouring counties.

Books

Book loan boxes to support curriculum topics and inspire reading for pleasure. Our stock is constantly changing to reflect new titles and themes.

Artefacts

The artefacts library includes over 40,000 objects to support all curriculum topics.

Costumes

Original and replica historical costumes, dressing up outfits, and costumes from around the world.

Class reading sets

16 titles per box - for a class of 30 pupils to share between 2, plus a teacher copy. Click for a full list of titles

Reading road maps

The Reading Road Map series has been created to help encourage children to read for pleasure by recommending new books and genres.

Services

In addition to loan boxes we offer the following services:

  • Peripatetic Librarians - an IELS librarian to manage and run sessions in your school library.

  • School Library advice and makeovers - IELS can visit your school to help with stock purchasing, cataloguing and interior design.

  • School Library Managment System - we can help you find the best system for your needs and budget.

  • Staff training - IELS run regular NQT training sessions and staff meetings at the library. We can also deliver training sessions in your school.

Resources

See the current Islington Education Library Service Newsletter for up to date information about the service.

We have been doing a lot of work around Diversity to ensure that Black History is really embedded in the curriculum and are delighted to attach images of our most recent costume commission: for John Blanke the Tudor Trumpeter.