Although the United Kingdom has for many years viewed school libraries as a recognised part of school life they are not a statutory requirement. This has resulted in school library provision being patchy and varied in quality across the country. Without direction or funding from government it is only with the support of a head teacher who has a commitment to providing suitable funding and staffing that a school will have a successful library at its heart. School libraries, if they exist at all, can often be an underused resource when in fact they should be a central part of the education strategy.