One of the most common questions new school librarians have is, “What are the basic library supplies I need?”
While it’s true that each school library will have specific supply needs, there are some basic supplies that belong in most school libraries.
Book Processing Supplies
- Book covers of various sizes
- Spine labels
- Fillment tape
- Plastic bone folder
- Spine label covers of various sizes & colors
- Due date slips
- Stamp with school or library’s name
- “Discard” stamp
- Book pockets
- Magazine protectors
- Book supports
- Shelf markers or shelf labels
Prizes & Incentives
- Fun bookmarks
- Stickers (depending on the age of students)
- Computer cleaning supplies
- Paper cutter
Supplies for Student Use
- Stapler & staples
- Pencils & pens
- Scotch tape
- Colored pencils or crayons
- Liquid paper / White-Out
Where can I purchase library supplies?
I usually purchase from one of the four suppliers below, and I can highly recommend each one.
- Demco / Highsmith
- The Library Store
It’s a good idea to keep track of product information like item numbers, cost, sizes, and pricing. It will lesson the hassle when it comes time to re-order supplies. I have a free Master Supply List sheet on my Printables page that might come in handy.
What do you think about this list? Did I leave anything out? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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