The Reading Centre contains books which have been written for the general purpose of teaching children to read. Most of the books in this collection are designed for use by children with a reading age between 5 and 10 years, with interest levels between 5 and 15 years. There are examples of British, American, Australian and Pacific Island readers, as well as examples from all series published in New Zealand.
The English language readers have a three level call number code:
|1||Reading level||01MAG||Early emergent|
|2||Code for series to which the book belongs||SUN||Sunshine Books series|
|3||First 3 letters of the title of the book||CRO||Crocodiles crunching crackers|
The boxes in which they are kept are colour-coded to match the reading ability levels on the Colour Wheel. Teacher's Guides are shelved at the beginning of the English Reader Collection.
There are a number of series, some easy, some harder. They are not graded according to the colour wheel as the English readers are. Books in the new series, Nga Kete Korero, have their own reading levels system. There are overall Teacher's Guides and posters shelved at the beginning of the collection. Individual Teacher's Guides, where they exist, are shelved in the same box with the readers they relate to.
The Māori language readers are coded in two ways - like this for Journals:
|1||Code for series to which the book belongs||KOH||He Kohikohinga series|
|2||Volume number||10||Consecutive issues|
And like this for individual publications:
|1||Code for series to which the book belongs||PUR||He Purapura series|
|2||First 3 letters of the title of the book||KOI||Koia Tena|
Some books in this collection have tapes to go with them - the box will have a label directing you to the Cassette Collection, which is housed in the wooden cabinets nearby.
Multiple copies of each issue of School Journal are grouped chronologically in levels then further divided into parts. ie: Number 4, 2004 Part 1.
Teacher's Guides are shelved next to the relevant box.