85th Anniversary

Celebrate 85 years of the SLA

The 23rd January 2022 is the SLA's 85th birthday! 

What are the plans?

23rd January - our birthday launched the SLA Birthday Giveaway, where members had the opportunity to win 85 books for their school!

Check our News page for some of the history of the SLA, including our early links to the Department for Education, why the 1944 Education Act is our favourite, and which well-known Second World War author we have history with...

There are more plans underway, so we'll keep updating this page with memories and facts about the SLA. Have you contributed your memories of the SLA yet?

In the meantime, you can find out more about the SLA's history here.

Members can join in with the celebrations by downloading our 85th birthday badge for use on your school website and/or email signatures!

Alongside exciting events taking place throughout the year, as part of our anniversary celebrations we're asking members past and present to share their memories of the SLA. These could be events, Weekend Courses, friends you've met or any advocacy work that you're proud of. 

We hope you'll consider sharing your special memories to help us highlight all the different impacts the SLA has had over its 85 years, and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Share your memory


As part of our birthday celebrations, we're thrilled to offer some special patron posters that promote reading for pleasure. We hope that you'll be able to display these in your school libraries or classrooms as a way of encouraging children to discover the magic of reading for themselves!

Click on each of the posters below to download!