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Norfolk Education Library Service (ELS)

Research shows that children who read more succeed more. The Norfolk ELS is the Norfolk Library and Information Service specialist provider for all educational settings. We are dedicated to increasing children and young people’s access to and interest in reading, as well as working with schools and academies to support staff and improve school library provision.

The experienced and enthusiastic ELS staff team are ready to give advice on books, reading and libraries whatever your requirement, and support continual improvement through:

  • Loaning books and resources, using the ELS children’s mobile library as well as deliveries by courier
  • Working with children and young people to inspire reading more widely and encourage independent learning and information literacy with sessions in school
  • Saving staff time and money by helping you stock, catalogue and organise your library/book corners as rich and dynamic environments
  • Training, motivating, inspiring and encouraging staff, keeping them up to date with the latest trends and developments and providing opportunities to share good practice
Ofsted says: “All schools should develop policies to promote reading for enjoyment throughout the school” and look for evidence that “Teachers embed reading, writing and communication… exceptionally well across the curriculum, equipping all pupils with the necessary skills to make progress.” Ofsted Handbook 2015

Flexible pricing structure

The token system allows schools to buy exactly the services they need.  Buying just one ELS token paid for out of school and/or cluster budgets also unlocks a range of free services, including free loans of dual language formats and large print while stocks are available.

For more information about prices email

Home Educating families are also welcome to get in touch to find out about charges for services available to them, including loans of resources.

Where to buy ELS tokens

You can buy tokens through the Educator Solutions website.  You will need to login to place your order.

Buying new books at discounted prices

We've negotiated a discount of 26% for any customer wanting to buy books directly from the Peters Booksellers, one of the largest educational and children’s book suppliers in the country. Contact the ELS team to get your password to shop online or we can shop for you, get in touch for details. The books can be ordered with plastic jackets to extend the life of the book and, if desired, appropriate labels.

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