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For Libraries

Independent charity the Reading Agency is coordinating World Book Day activity in libraries, aiming to get every library authority involved in this major reading event.

As a key moment in the reading calendar, World Book Day will help to put libraries at centre stage, through offering a range of exciting activities and positive PR about libraries. This will show that libraries provide an irreplaceable hub for community reading experiences. World Book Day have also put a library joining message in the backs of most of the £1 books, helping to get children joining the library on and around World Book Day.

World Book Day in Libraries

There are all sorts of exciting things that libraries can get involved with on World Book Day. There will be a library membership drive, with library joining forms included in the schools packs to nurseries, primary and secondary schools. You can also download a library joining form.

Working with Schools

Use World Book Day as an opportunity to build stronger partnerships with your local schools. A call for schools to take part in the ‘first time challenge’ of working with their local library has been included in the schools packs. The ‘first time challenge’ suggests that schools:

  • Ensure that every single child is a member of their local library
  • Take their groups on a library visit
  • Set up a Chatterbooks reading group
  • Book a librarian to talk about 2020’s Summer Reading Challenge
  • Encourage secondary school students to find out about volunteering opportunities at libraries, such as supporting younger children doing 2019’s Summer Reading Challenge
  • Get young people with literacy needs to take part in Reading Ahead


Not only can you use the World Book Day materials to promote the day itself, but you can harness the momentum of World Book Day to promote your library in general. Inside our Chatterbooks pack, you’ll find a selection of books for your Chatterbooks groups to read and discuss plus further book suggestions and activity and discussion ideas for children of all ages. Below are a range of items that will be available from January 2020.


Free World Book Day posters will be sent to every library authority. The events poster includes space for you to advertise any special events you have planned on or around World Book Day.

Schools’ Resource Packs

Our resource packs for nurseries and pre-schools, primaries and secondary schools are packed with information about this year’s campaign.


We have a host of printable resources including colouring sheets, quizzes, crafts, puzzles and activities that may be used for events in your library.

Branding and PR

If you’re creating your own promotional materials, you will be able to use this year’s World Book Day branding and PR toolkit.

World Book Day is a charity funded by publishers and booksellers in the UK and Ireland.