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The School Librarian

About 'The School Librarian'

The School Librarian (ISSN 0036-6595) is the journal of the School Library Association, published quarterly. Free to members, it comes with our quarterly newsletter, info[at]sla.

Each issue contains articles, regular features, reviews of new books - fiction and non-fiction - and reviews of apps, websites and other media in a special section, ict[at]sla.

Current Issue

TSL 63-3 CoverVolume 63, Number 3, Autumn 2015
  • Editorial
    Steve Hird
  • Notes from the President: Gifts
    Kevin Crossley-Holland
  • Creating Future Learners: A Hoard of Knowledge – Reporting the SLA Weekend Course 2015
    Steve Hird
  • The Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award: Why Do We Need It?
    Barbara Band and Susan Staniforth
    [download and print an Erratum to this article (PDF of pp134-135)]
  • My First Twelve Months: How Social Media Helped Me Develop as a School Librarian
  • Emma Suffield
  • Malorie Blackman and Bali Rai Visited Fernhill... So Did the BBC!
    Sue Murdoch
  • Graphic Novels in the School Library: Using Graphic Novels to Encourage Reluctant Readers and Improve Literacy
    Joel Crowley
  • School Library Research and the Conundrum of Informed Consent
    Andrew K. Shenton
  • ict[at]SLA - Websites and ICT resources
    (ict[at]SLA reviews are available online to SLA Members)
  • Book Reviews:
    (A complete index of the reviews in this issue is available)
    • Reviews editorial
    • Under Eight
    • Eight to Twelve
    • Poetry and Plays
    • Twelve to Sixteen
    • Sixteen to Nineteen
    • Professional

Previous Issues

Details of issues of The School Librarian dating back to 2005 can be found on our Previous Issues page.

Sample Issue

Prospective members of the SLA can download a free sample of The School Librarian in PDF format.


PDF file, 8 MB

Requires Adobe Reader

Editorial Information

Editorial Contributions

Contributions for feature articles and other editorial items should be sent to the Features Editor:

Articles for consideration are always welcome. The Features Editor is happy to receive enquiries from potential contributors and will be pleased to supply information about presentation.

Books for Review

Books for review should be sent by post to the Reviews Editor:

  • Joy Court
    8 Lynmouth Drive
    LE17 5PG
    E-mail: joy[at]

The Reviews Editor is always interested to hear from people willing to join the SLA's panel of book reviewers.

Weblinks, Apps and Digital Media for Review

Weblinks, apps and all other digital media for review should be sent or emailed to the ICT[at]SLA editor please:

  • Bev Humphrey
    Literacy & Technology Consultant
    15 The Boulevard
    DA9 9GT
    E-mail: ict.editor[at]

The editor is always interested to hear from people willing to help compile reviews for the ict[at]SLA section.


For a media pack and further information on advertising in The School Librarian, please contact our sales agent:

  • Space Marketing
    10 Clayfield Mews
    Newcomen Road
    Tunbridge Wells
    TN4 9PA

    Tel: 01892 677740
    Fax: 01892 677743
    E-mail: sales[at]


For non-members of the SLA, an annual institutional subscription to The School Librarian journal (ISSN 0036-6595) is available direct from the Association or through subscription agencies.

The subscription rate for the calendar year 2016 is £110.00 (plus a delivery charge of £12.00 to delivery addresses outside the European Union).

Please contact the SLA office for further information.