Coronavirus: Local restrictions

Coronavirus rates in Oldham remain high. Additional restrictions are now in force. Do not socialise with anyone who does not live in your house, avoid using public transport, wear a face covering.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

Oldham Council Libraries have, as part of its Schools’ Offer, a borough wide programme of class visit sessions. Through the class visits programme, schools are offered the opportunity to bring groups of school children to the library for introductions, tours and a wide range of library activities. The aims of the class visits programme are to:

  • Provide a general introduction and overview of our welcoming library spaces
  • Ensure children are aware of library services and how to access them
  • Promote age-appropriate information literacy skills
  • Encourage regular use of libraries by children and their families
  • Help children discover the pleasure of books, reading and storytelling
  • Support school-based learning.

Our class visit sessions are tailored to different age groups to meet their needs and engagement levels. Currently our offer includes sessions for:

  • Nursery and Reception: Introduction to the library with stories, songs and rhymes
  • Years 1 and 2: An introduction to key library skills and what is available
  • Years 3 and 4: A focus on fiction and non-fiction texts, how to find books and information
  • Years 5 and 6: Investigating online resources and developing research skills.

All pupils visiting the library are invited to select books to take home to encourage a love of reading and repeat visits to the library. An optional membership form will be provided prior to your visit for parents/guardians to complete.

If you would like your school to take part in these visits, please complete our booking form:

Class visit request form

These sessions are free of charge.

Bespoke Sessions

Bespoke sessions, tailored to specific requests, are available at a charge of £80. These include storytelling sessions, themed activities and workshops. Available workshop themes include, but are not limited to: online safety skills, topic research sessions, and digital workshops. We welcome class groups of all ages and abilities.

Other Year Groups

Class Visits for other Year Groups are available, please email libraryschoolvisits@oldham.gov.uk for details