School Library Association

Who are we?

      The School Library Association believes that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision. We are committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, regardless of their role, as the educational, emotional and developmental benefits of a school library deserve to be felt by all children. School libraries promote high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.  

      We offer members
      • A quarterly journal with case studies, book and technological reviews, tips and hints
      • A quarterly membership newsletter 
      • Access to an advice line 
      • Online, day or weekend courses 
      • Publications on key areas, guides and reading recommendations 
      • A mentoring service 
      • Exclusive member only resources and support documents 
      • Regional branches to support local networks 
      • Exclusive discounts 
      • Competitions, give-aways and discounts from publishers. 

      We also:  
    • Advocate and engage at regional and national level, to support and promote school libraries on the ground and within policy
    • Run four Awards: the Community Award, Enterprise of the Year Award, Information Book Award and the School Librarian of the Year Award.
    • Support the Pupil Library Assistant Award. 



The SLA has 22 regional branches across the UK and Ireland which provide localised support and training for members.

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The benefits of having a funded and staffed school library have been proven across the world, with school libraries having a positive impact upon attitude, wellbeing, academic outcomes and improved literacy.

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Do you have a school library vacancy that needs filling? Our Job Vacancies page on the previous site attracted over 2,000 page views per month according to Google Analytics. To advertise your vacancy on our website we charge £100 plus VAT for SLA members, and £150 + VAT for non-members (VAT exempt for registered charities)

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Save money by taking advantage of the exclusive member discounts and giveaways.

Personal Development

Online Training

The SLA is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, and promoting high quality learning opportunities for all staff. Our compliment of online training is one of the most popular ways we do this - allowing you to work at your own pace when you choose to. 

All courses offer significantly discounted prices to members.

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Day Course and Events

This contains further details of our day training courses, annual weekend course and Library Staff Days. These cover a wide area of the UK, and different levels of career progression, and cover library specific training and training that is applicable more widely within the school sector.

These are supplemented by training put on by the Branches, which can be booked directly with the Branch.

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