School libraries are a classic fixture of every child's school experience. In fact, school libraries and their keepers of knowledge, the school librarian, are so ubiquitous to American culture, they've made their way into popular culture. Whether we're talking about the library from The Breakfast Club or Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Hermione's favorite Hogwarts hangout in Harry Potter, we've all seen some version of the school library at least once in our lives. But how do they help students succeed?
These days, all libraries offer the same service: a space for the curious and needy to learn, create, think, and do. They support the local economy through consumer, workforce, and entrepreneurial empowerment for free. In fact, most librarians will tell you that the absence of fees is an essential pillar to library service, allowing folks from all walks of life to access library services. That is, with one exception.