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).

OLA and OSLA respond to the Toronto District School Board’s decision to repurpose all Elementary teacher-librarians

September 9, 2020 - The Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the Ontario School Libraries Association (OSLA) are deeply concerned with the Toronto District School Board’s decision to repurpose all Elementary teacher-librarians.

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:

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