Topic Boxes

Book Loans

Borrow high quality books for all reading ages from Early Years to KS3 including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, picture books, big books, board books and dual language titles.

We now also offer Class Reading Sets so your whole class can read a book together.

Artefact Loans

Borrow artefact resources for humanities, science, RE as well as a huge range of story props and toys to support literacy topics and creative play. Object handling is an active form of learning that engages and inspires pupils and adds an extra dimension to teaching.

Costume Loans

Borrow costumes and accessories from historical periods and many parts of the world. Display in the classroom or get pupils to dress up for another way to connect with people from the past or other cultures. We can supply extra costumes for assemblies, school performances, World Book Day and other events.

How To Use Us

IELS is a subcriptions service - if your school already uses our service please fill in the loan request form.

If you want to find our more about using the service please contact us to discuss borrowing options.

With a standard subscription schools receive a box of books and a box of artefacts/costumes each half term. Schools can also opt to borrow a "Mixed" loan box which includes books to support your topics and a selection of artefacts/costumes.

Loan resources for a WWII topic: books, artefacts, costumes (primary and secondary sources)

Loan resources for a HInduism topic: we have religious artefacts for all the main faiths.

Covid Safety Measures

  • All resources and boxes on return will be: quarantined for 72 hours, checked and cleaned

  • Library staff and IELS drivers are adhering to safe working practice (social distancing, using sanitizing wipes, wearing masks and gloves).

  • Loan resources will take into account ease of cleaning, new class sizes and suitability.