School Library Issues
The Value of School Libraries
For generations, school libraries have been at the core of Ontario's schools, with a proven impact on student achievement and standardized test scores. However, over the past 20 years, students all across Ontario have been steadily losing access to school libraries and library-based resources.
The decline in funding for libraries is having far-reaching impacts on student performance and outcomes, including math and science grades, EQAO test scores, literacy & research skills, digital literacy, and post-secondary readiness. The results are dramatic: alongside the slow decline in board-level support for school libraries, the percentage of Ontario students who enjoy reading has fallen from 76% in 1997 to only 47% in 2018 (Ministry of Children & Youth Services. Gearing Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario Middle Years Children Thrive. Toronto: Government of Ontario, 2017. & People for Education. Reading for Joy. Toronto: People for Education, 2011).
OSLA's Recommendations for School Library Funding
OLA and OSLA participate in provincial consultations on school libraries. You can see our most recent recommendations surrounding school library funding here:
OSLA Advocacy Resources
OSLA has prepared Advocacy resources that you can use to advocate for your school libraries:
Ideas for Advocating at Your School