Size of School Library
Exhibit 5.5 presents principals’ reports about the existence and size of school libraries. Given that some countries have well-resourced classroom libraries rather than a larger central library, the results in Exhibit 5.5 should be considered in light of the information about classroom libraries found in Exhibit 9.4. Nearly one-third of the students (32%) were in schools where the library had more than 5,000 book titles and only 13 percent were in schools with no book titles. Average reading achievement in schools with the largest libraries was 525, compared to 494 to 501 for schools with a smaller or no central library.