Ideas for designing a themed school library

A new library space or the chance to revamp your existing library can be exciting, but it can also be a daunting task as well. There are many things to consider and so many choices to make. One being whether or not to take on a themed approach. To help, we have compiled a few themed school library themes for you to potentially choose from.

Space theme

As well as space-themed furniture and seating the library includes replica planets hanging from the ceiling, which gives children a fun way to experience the wonders of the Solar System.

Camping theme

Another themed school library idea which transports children’s imaginations out of the classroom. Use a creative themed cushions, wall decorations and maybe a tent to snuggle up inside of if they want a bit of privacy. Add a DIT (child friendly) fire and you’ve got the ideal spot for them to camp out with a book.


This simple monochrome theme provides a sleek, modern look for your classroom library. You can implement inspirational quotes on the wall space. Children may feel more grown-up with this colour scheme, but you can still have fun with the contrasting shapes and patterns.

Celebrate your school’s local area with landmarks

Have you considered highlighting features from your local area? Incorporating landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge transform a small space into a colourful and vibrant library.

Create an enchanting fairy-tale library

Create a castle incorporating ideas from classic fairy tales and popular children’s books. This would benefit from having bookcases that offered lots of face-out book display.

Research has shown that children are more likely to take a book from a shelf where the covers are displayed face-out rather than spine-out. At ELF, we have various book units and shelving that is designed to showcase the front covers of the books to entice and engage children.

If you choose ELF to design and install your new themed school library you don’t need to worry about anything. We have a wealth of experience creating bespoke libraries for schools. So, whatever your space is like we’ll be able to confidently create a reading space you’ll be incredibly proud of. We work with you throughout the process, listening to exactly what you want, what you like and don’t like. In our initial meeting, we will discuss your ideas for the library and what you plan to do with it. Upon receiving our initial designs, we’ll work with you to finalise them and make sure you’re 100% satisfied.

It is our priority to keep you informed even on the day of installation. Our experienced fitters will take the time to ensure you are pleased with the progress of the installation.

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