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UPDATED: Primary eBook Rollout

UPDATED: Primary eBook Rollout

by Hampshire School Library Service - (SLS HQ) -
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Please note there was an error in the original message, this has now been corrected, please see below.

As you may already be aware, Hampshire SLS will be expanding our eBook platform offering, to include all subscribing Primary and Specials schools from May, please see below to find out more and how to book on to our launch events to get your school up and running.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact SLS Digital at on 01962 826660 or

Launch Events:

Please sign up to our one of our free launch events at Winchester Discovery centre from 09:00 -12:00:

  • May 22nd – Main Launch

  • June 26th – Main Launch

  • September 25th – Main Launch

Course Ref: SLIB0174

The launch events are free and are aimed to provide an overview of the eBook platform and will include the following:

  • Student enrolment methods

  • An overview of the management tools

  • Suggestions on student launch

  • Suggestions on possible use for Teaching and Learning

  • Points for SLT’s to consider regarding in school use

  • An overview of the shop and how to build your own collection

This event is aimed at 4 groups of school staff:

  • SLT’s

  • English Leads

  • Librarians

  • IT Staff

These events will be run by Hants SLS Digital Team and James Richmond Wheelers UK Account Manager.

Platform Information:

Hampshire SLS’s eBook platform is set up in a hub and spoke arrangement, with our central collection ( sitting at the hub; then each schools set up as spokes.

We have already launched this to all our subscribing secondary schools last April and they are successfully using the platform.

Our central hub collection will be the largest and broadest education consortium platform in the UK.  Each school will have access to our collection as well as being able to purchase eBooks to build their own bespoke collection.

The platform has dual use, both for ‘reading for pleasure’ and ‘teaching and learning’.  Schools will be able to purchase multiple copies, which will enable them to deliver whole class teaching as well as smaller groups for intervention.  Schools will be able to purchase fiction and non-fiction.  Teachers will have the ability to display the eBooks electronically on an interactive white board, TV or projector.

Our platform is stand alone and works through any web browser on a PC or Mac, or through the Wheelers app on any mobile or tablet device.  Schools do not need to have a specific library management system to use our platform.

We have been working with Hampshire IT Services to enable student and staff account provisioning from Hampshire Central Education User Directory, this means if your school has:

  • HSS (Hosted Schools Solution)

  • Centrally Hosted SIMS

  • HPSN2 with Office 365

You will now be able to automatically use the central directory to manage all your school's user accounts on the platform.


School Setup: 

Following the launch events James from Wheelers will be contacting each school directly to give them the URL the schools eBook platform (spoke) and instructions on how to initiate the link to Hampshire Central Education User Directory to enable user account provisioning.  This process consists of a 10 minute telephone conversation to agree the Terms & Conditions.

The setup is free and there is no cost to have our eBook platform, the cost for the platform and our central collection is included in your subscription.