Library Scavenger Hunt

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Whether your child loves to read or is not a fan, everyone is a fan of a library scavenger hunt. This free 4-page printable game is a great way to introduce children to a new library in an exciting way.

top image - 2 shelves of colorful books, bottom image - 4 brightly colored library scavenger hunt pages

I grew up in libraries and going to the library was always a treat. I made sure to pass that love onto my children.

Whether you want to use this library scavenger hunt with your own children or in a school setting, it’s easily adaptable.

As a military family that moves every 1-3 years, this scavenger hunt would be a fun way to learn your way around a new library.

This is also a valuable resource for a school librarian or teacher. The scavenger hunt would help welcome children to a new school year with a new library. In playing the scavenger hunt, the children would become familiar with the library layout and resources.

How do you do a library scavenger hunt?

  • Find a printable library scavenger hunt game like the one below.
  • Or create your own clues for a scavenger hunt using the free scavenger hunt templates.
  • Provide each player with their own game sheet, a clipboard and a pencil.
  • Determine how the players will record each item that they find.
    • Write the title and author of books or location of items on the back of their game sheet.
    • Take photos of the items.
    • Gather all items small enough to carry with them.
  • Clearly designate the boundaries of the scavenger hunt play area.
  • Determine how players will complete the game.
    • They must find all the items on their game sheet.
    • The must find all the items in a row or column on their sheet.
    • The must find as many items as possible in a set period of time.
  • Check that all the items on the game sheets are available in your library. If they items are not available, you may want to have players look for all the items in a row or column on their game board rather than look for all items.
  • Decide if players will win a prize.
    • Don’t underestimate the value of winning bragging rights or a privilege rather than giving out physical prizes.

If you enjoy playing scavenger hunts, you definitely want to check out these resources:

Library Scavenger Hunt

close up of 4 colorful library scavenger hunt game boards

How to Print the Scavenger Hunt

  • Get your free copy of the library scavenger hunt by signing up for our free weekly newsletter. You’ll promptly receive an email with the scavenger hunt pdf so you can print it and get started playing right away.
  • You can print the game boards on your personal printer or take it your local office supply store to be professionally printed.
  • You can print the game sheets on regular computer paper. However, I recommend that you use heavier card stock paper so that it will hold up the excitement of a scavenger hunt.
  • You can laminate the pages if you plan on playing the library scavenger hunt again.

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Expert Tips for Printables

How do I access the free scavenger hunt?

Fill in the form above. When you submit the form, you will immediately be sent an email from Organized 31 with a link to the VIP Resources Library, including detailed instructions on how to access your printable. If you can’t find the welcome email after 3-4 minutes, check your spam folder. If you have any difficulty, you can email me and I’ll help you resolved any problems.

How do I print the pdf file?

The pdf usually opens right up when you click on the link in the VIP Resources Library. When that happens, simply right click on the pdf and either print or save the document to your device.

If the pdf does not pop up for you, you’ll most likely find it in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is located on your computer.

I’m worried about wasting printer ink – what can I do?

Most printers offer you the option to print in greyscale which is in black and white.

You can also look for the option to print in draft or economy mode. This usually means that the sheet is printed out with less ink. It still looks great and is a good way to print in color but use less ink.

How can I use the printable (what restrictions are there on use)?

You can print these pdf files as many times as you’d like for your personal or classroom use. Please do not share the file with family, friends or coworkers. Please do share the link to this post so they can access their own copy of the printable. All printables are copyrighted.

Be sure to pin these free library scavenger hunt game boards so that you can always easily find them.

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  1. I am trying to find the link to print this (and yes, I subscribed to the newsletter but that didn’t seem to “unlock” anything for me) but I keep getting taken to the Scavenger Hunt Bundle which doesn’t include the library scavenger hunt. Can you help me with this?

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