School Library Pack

School Library Pack

The School Library Pack is a reading for pleasure programme which is available free to any secondary school or education provider in England with Year 7 students.   


Containing over 40 free books, the pack can not only boost your library resources but also encourage students to try different types of books they might not usually consider reading.


Registration for School Library Pack 2016-17 is now open


Sign up for the free School Library Pack


What's included:

Your pack will include more than 40 books from a range of genres and supporting resources that aim to help staff create a reading culture that reaches all students. The pack encourages students to talk about reading and join in activities such as reading groups. School Library Pack titles will include sets of: Future classics, Reluctant Readers and Short Story Collections.

We also offer an alternative pack of 10 carefully chosen books for special schools. 


Find out about the Special School Library Pack


Feedback about School Library Pack:

In 2015-16, 4,700 secondary schools in England registered and received the free School Library Pack. The pack was enjoyed by staff and students, with staff reporting that the pack encouraged students to try new authors, new types of books and to talk more about books as well as supporting a culture of wider and more frequent reading for pleasure at the school.

'Every year I look forward to the free books we receive.  Budgets are always a problem and the boys in my school benefit so much from these gifts.  They are used continuously and the posters brighten up the LRC. Thank you so much for continuing with this every year - keep it up.' (School librarian)

'What a wonderful opportunity you provide for school libraries to enhance their library stock with some seriously brilliant books. I also love the guides for reading groups which we will be putting to very good use.' (Resources & Independent Learning Assistant)

'It's introduced me to books that otherwise I probably wouldn't have read.' (Student)

Read more about the School Library Pack  from  Book Trust CEO Diana Gerald



In 2015-16 the School Library Pack included all these great books:

2015-16 School Library Pack books


Schools received:


1 copy of each of the following Reluctant Reader titles:

Robot Girl  Malorie Blackman
Jet Black Heart  Teresa Flavin 
Moose Baby  Meg Rosoff
Respect: The Walter Tull Story  Michaela Morgan
Survival  Henry Brook


1 copy of each of the following Short Story anthologies:

Unheard Voices  Collected by Malorie Blackman
War Girls: A Collection of First World War Stories
Half a Creature from the Sea  David Almond
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron  Edited by Jonathan Strahan
A Little, Aloud  Edited by Angela Macmillan

6 copies of each of the following Future Classics:

Cowgirl  GR Gemin
Smart  Kim Slater
Shine  Candy Gourlay
The Bubble Wrap Boy  Phil Earle
Terror Kid  Benjamin Zephaniah


Supporting resources

These were the resources available to download, including reading guides, posters and information on how to start a reading group...


School Library Pack resources


Find the 2015-16 School Library Pack downloadable resources


For more information about the School Library Pack please contact us by emailing


The Bookbuzz programme supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure. Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of 17 titles suitable for children in Year 7 or Year 8 and selected by a panel of experts.

What can we offer your secondary school?

We work with teachers and librarians and families in England and Wales to deliver great programmes for secondary schools. Our teaching resources are hugely popular with teachers and students as they encourage wider reading, support creative thinking and development.