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Clever Shelving Systems

BookSpace shelving has been designed to showcase books in the best way to encourage children to reach out, pick up a book and start their journey as life-long readers.

Different heights for different ages

Three heights, each carefully designed to meet the needs of children of all ages.

970mm - Great for Foundation and KS1.
1230mm - Perfect for KS2 mid-floor spaces.
1580mm - Ideal for KS2 wall configurations.

Unique reversible shelving system

We don’t offer a one-size fits-all approach. Instead we have a clever reversible shelving system that allows you to create small shelves for small format books and large shelving for larger format books. We also offer both face-out and spine-out shelving as it’s important to have some face-out display to attract pupils to the books balanced with spine-out shelving for capacity.

Your BookSpace shelving is made up of two types of shelves, Face-out shelves and Reversible spine-out shelves.

School Library Signage

Getting children to find the book or the subject that they're looking for is an important part of enabling children to feel confident enough to use their school library independently.

Built-in signage

We offer a built-in signage system gives you a professionally designed way to guide your pupils. The clear acrylic holder takes a graphic insert that can be easily swapped when you feel like change.

Supplied free of charge with your BookSpace library here is the range of headers for you to choose from, alternatively if you want something different we can supply a template for you to make your own.

Feature Fillers

Highlight individual titles whilst keeping the spine-out books on either side upright with our Feature Fillers. Choose from Small Feature Fillers for paperbacks, Medium Feature Fillers for small non-fiction books or Large Feature Fillers for larger non-fiction books or picturebooks. All are supplied with free graphic inserts which provides a nice surprise of an intriguing quotation underneath the book displayed.

Feature Fillers for face out library book display

A-Z signage for bookshelves

Our A-Z Blocks are sturdy, smart and functional. Made of high grade acrylic, the blocks are an ideal long-term solution for signing your shelves. Choose between two sizes. Supplied with DDA-compliant graphics covering the full alphabet.

A-Z library shelving blocks

Contemporary colours

Mix and match from a palette of vibrant colours to create the perfect space for your school.

Every school is different and we carefully consider each brief to ensure we include the right mix of shelving, seating and fun elements at the same time as looking at which colours will work best. We use colour in a clever way to subtly add to the experience. We are careful not to use colour at the expense of the books. We steer clear of primary colours. Children, even those in KS1, are sophisticated consumers so the colours we use reflect that. What’s more we’re always evolving and updating our range of colours to ensure we’re always up-to-date with what our customers are looking for.

Click here to see what colour combinations would work in your school library

Click the colours to see different combinations

Shelving colour: Steel Blue

Feature colour: Fuchsia Pink

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Seating & Tables

Every library needs seating of some description. Whether it’s soft seating to encourage children to slow down and linger over the books or more formal seating for study groups, getting it right is essential in ensuring your library really works for you.

Soft seating for reading for pleasure

At BookSpace we understand the practical requirements for seating and tables in a busy school library but that doesn’t mean we think it should be boring. We have created a collection of soft seating which unrivalled – from Bean Bags to Toadstools and from our ever-popular Storage Seats to Button Seats, each of which has been designed to entice children to relax and enjoy reading. See our full range here.

Study tables and chairs

For one-to-one or guided reading sessions, it’s helpful to have a table and more formal study chairs. Our Study Tables and chairs are available in 10 different contemporary colours to match your library design and two different heights so you can be sure they are appropriate for the children you’re working with. We’re always looking for imaginative ways to add fun into your school library and our Storytelling Table is just one example. It’s a fabulous addition for any library space. Available in two different heights for different ages, it features a forest scene design on the table top which can be used like a story starter for creative writing.

Built-in seating

We recognise that in a school environment space is limited so we also offer a range of free-standing furniture pieces which combine not only book display but seating too. Take a look at our best-selling Reading Hideaway and Reading Nook units which have been cleverly designed with built-in seating and book display and result in an amazing centrepiece which draws children into the space.

Fun features

We’re always looking for opportunities to add some fun into your school library.

Feature Pieces

We’ll add a splash of excitement to your library by breaking up your rows of shelving with one or two Feature Pieces.

When children think their reading space is exciting they keep visiting. Our feature stacks are guaranteed to add that splash of excitement and create a buzz about books and reading.

All the units featured here are designed to be integrated with our children's library furniture and shelving so you can break up the book collection by adding seating, book display, and examples of children’s work – perfect for making your library a truly interactive experience.

Fun feature units for school libraries

School reading hideyhole


Drop a Hideyhole in among your shelving Stacks and create the perfect spot for a child to read quietly and get lost in their book.

Book display shelving

Display Frame

Perfect for breaking up a run of library shelving. Use to display artefacts, topic work or highlight specific books.


Bucket Seat

Children love our Bucket Seat, it’s the ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy browsing your favourite book. The metallic back board is supplied with magnets from some of our best-loved picturebooks.

School library display board

Me-to-You Displayboard

Use our Me-to-You Displayboard to display highlighted books. Supplied with acrylics to display paperbacks or larger books as well as graphic inserts so that once the book is borrowed there’s not an empty space.

Finishing Touches

It’s the attention to detail that sets BookSpace apart and delivers you the library of your dreams.

From Rugs to Birdhouses and Book Frames the details matter and will give your new school library that finishing touch that will send a positive message about reading to your pupils and set them on a journey to becoming life-long readers.

School library finnishing touches

Top notch Installation

We’ve lost count of how many times Head Teachers have called us to praise our team of fitters “helpful”, “friendly”, “considerate” , “nothing was too much trouble” “I can’t recommend them high enough” – we’ve heard these words and phrases on so many occasions.

The safety of your children, staff and our onsite team is of paramount importance to BookSpace. When arranging your installation we take into account the location of your library and flow of people throughout the day. If your school library is in a busy corridor or reception area, for example, we are happy to install it, at no extra cost, over the weekend or during the holiday period.

We like to arrive early so that we can unload before the children arrive at school. We will agree with you a safe place to park during and after the unload and we’ll also work out the best route through school to ensure that the process is as swift and safe as possible.

On arrival at the school our fitters will complete with you a Risk Assessment identifying a safe system of work. All our fitting team are DBS checked.

Our fitters are highly skilled, they never cut corners and their attention to detail is second to none, ensuring that all library shelving we install is finished to an exceptional standard. At the end of the day we tidy up and take away all the packaging to reuse, leaving you with nothing but a beautiful new library.

The BookSpace Promise

From the design process through to the materials and construction, our focus is on providing durable and high-performance furniture which will last for many years.

We are so confident in the quality of our materials and workmanship that all our BookSpace libraries come with a 5-year warranty. We will repair or replace any product, part or component which fails under normal use.

Furniture Quality

All of our products are manufactured in the UK using timber from renewable sources. We use a significantly higher grade MDF than many school library shelving systems so they don’t buckle or bow. We edge-band our products so they withstand the knocks of everyday life in a busy classroom or library. Our on-shelf display units are made from high-grade strong acrylic.

Seating Quality

All of our seating is covered with high grade foam and fabric which is wipe cleanable, urine proof, bleach-cleanable and fire retardant. All our freestanding Eggs and Button Seats have an internal wooden frame which provides maximum strength.


From the design process through to the materials and construction, our focus is on providing durable and high-performance furniture which will last for many years. We are so confident in the quality of our materials and workmanship that our BookSpace libraries come with a 5-year warranty. We will repair or replace any product, part or component which fails under normal use.


The BookSpace shelving system has been tested by FIRA, the leading authority on furniture testing and conforms to British Standards BS 5873-4:1998 so you can be confident in the safety of our products.


All of our prices include standard delivery to mainland UK. Many library suppliers only carry the goods as far as the front door. At BookSpace we do everything for you and there are no hidden costs. When we arrive we unload carefully and take the furniture to the chosen area. We take away all the packaging and boxes which are re-used or recycled.


At BookSpace we work hard to minimise our impact on the environment.

  • All products are manufactured in the UK
  • All of our wooden units are manufactured using timber from renewable sources
  • Wherever possible our packaging is reused as many times as possible and then sent for recycling