Education Library Service

The Education Library Service supports the DE vision ‘to enable each young person to achieve his/her potential’ and the aim of the Northern Ireland Curriculum ‘to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives’. 

It also aims specifically to foster a love of reading, to develop curiosity and to promote information literacy and lifelong learning through provision of high quality resources and professional advice and support to schools and other educational establishments.

The Education Library Service (ELS) provides a comprehensive service to Nursery, Primary, Post Primary and Special Schools in the Education Authority.

Loan Services

The ELS provides

  • Books and other resources to encourage reading and support learning in the classroom.
  • Cross curricular topic packs supplied directly to teachers to support the delivery of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Advice, Support and Services to Schools

School Improvement

  • Post-inspection work including schools in Formal Intervention process and other EA priority schools
  • Information on all aspects of reading and children’s literature
  • Reading and literacy development programmes
  • Advice in relation to library projects connected with the Extended Schools’ Programme, including working with parents

Library Development

  • Ensuring school library provision meets approved guidelines/standards
  • Specifications and schedules for library equipment, layout and design
  • organisation of library facilities in the school

Information Literacy

  • Supporting the implementation, development and use of ICT in the school library
  • Encouraging the use of on-line learning as a tool to promote literacy and information management


  • Providing library training for school-based library staff and volunteer helpers and pupils
  • Contributing to other in-service training, including BT/EPD training programme


  • Supply of resources through a tender which ensures value for money and benefits services and individual schools
  • Standardised electronic catalogue records ready for integration with the C2k/ Capita Library Management System
  • Advice on selecting resources

Outreach Services

  • Reader development activities including author visits
  • Facilitated sessions with parents/carers
  • Support for summer scheme

Education Library Service Manager

Josie Cusack
Tel: 028 7186 3514
Email: [email protected]

Education Library Service Offices

Office Address Contact Telephone Email
Armagh Office Education Authority, 1 Markethill Road, Armagh, BT60 1NR Janet Compston, Senior Education Librarian 028 3752 0746 [email protected]
Ballymena Office Library Headquarters, Demesne Avenue, Ballymena, BT43 7BG Grainne McCauley, Senior Library Assistant 028 2501 3124 [email protected]

Derry / Londonderry Office 

North West Teachers' Centre, 24 Temple Road, Strathfoyle, Derry, BT476TJ Josie Cusack, Education Library Service Manager 028 7186 3514 [email protected]
Dundonald Office Education Authority, Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald, Belfast, BT16 2HS

Julianna Ballentine, Senior Education Librarian 
Mark Louden, Senior Education Librarian

028 9598 5563
028 9598 5564

[email protected]

[email protected]

Enniskillen Office Halls Lane, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7DR Margaret Kerr / Derek Parton 028 6633 0125 [email protected]
Omagh Office

Education Authority, The Camowen Centre, 17 Deverney Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT79 0ND

Paula O’Shea / Monica McCarroll 028 8241 1560

[email protected]

[email protected]

Last updated: 17/11/2023