Do Schools with Libraries use Them?
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For teacher librarians to be able to enhance the learning opportunities of their students, they need regular access to these students. While many Australian primary and secondary schools have access to onsite school libraries, qualitative data in this chapter provide insights into previous quantitative findings which suggest that as young people move through the years of schooling, they may be given less access to libraries during class time and that many students in secondary schools rarely access libraries to select book to read for pleasure. Findings suggest that children in secondary school may have less exposure to libraries during class time than their primary school counterparts, and children in lower secondary school may have more access to libraries than those in the upper school years.
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