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Loh, C. E. (2018). Envisioning the school library of the future: A 21st century framework (Report No. OER 5/16 LCE). National Institute of Education (Singapore), Office of Education Research.
The school library is the untapped potential for amplifying equitable 21st century learning and more knowledge is required to understand how school libraries continue to be relevant and vital for 21st century learning. A review of the literature (between 2005 and 2015) was conducted on the role of school libraries for 21st century learning as preparation for the Building a Reading Culture study and resulted in the 21st Century School Library Framework to guide our work on school libraries. The five key roles of a 21st century school library are to support reading, research, collaboration, studying and doing. The report details how a future-ready school library can support these different ways of learning.

This report updates the literature review with project findings and current research from 2016 to 2018. For more details about the study, please refer to our project website (
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OER 5/16 LCE
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Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP)
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Ministry of Education, Singapore
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