SLA Community Award

This is a new award, created by the School Library Association to celebrate high quality working partnerships which exist in so many schools across the country. 

This award recognises the community effort, so it could go to a School's Library Service, an external team, or even a local business who goes ‘above and beyond’ to support a school library. It will also be open to individuals who have supported schools, and we reserve the right to award to a team and an individual in one year as the contributions they make will vary so widely. 

More information, including a timeline and criteria are below.

Latest News

2023 Award Winners

Announcing the 2023 SLA Award Winners

A Guide to the SLA Awards

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Timeline for 2024 Community Award

  • Submissions open - July 2023
  • Submissions close - 1st December 2023
  • Shortlist Announced - May 2024
  • Winner Announced - July 2024


The 2024 Community Award is supported by Parentkind.


Get Involved

We want to hear about all the organisations or initiatives which partner with schools to promote and develop a reading culture. This could be:

  • A School Library Service
  • A business
  • A charity
  • Volunteers
  • A community group

Entries for the 2024 Community Award are now closed, but keep an eye on this page for all the latest updates.


The SLA Community Award is run entirely on sponsorship kindly donated by friends and supporters of the Award. No money is taken from the SLA budget so all staff time, the cost of judging, prizes for the winners and the final award ceremony must be covered by the sponsors' donations.

We are currently seeking sponsorship for the 2024 Community Award, for more information email [email protected]

Winner 2023

The 2023 winner is the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature, a collaborative project run by the librarians of secondary schools across Swindon.
Now in its 16th year, the week-long literary festival held every November celebrates reading, writing and creativity. The free-to-attend events have enabled thousands of students to be inspired by diverse authors and performers. 

2023 Finalists

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Be inspired by the exciting projects that made the 2023 Shortlist: Mycenae House Reach Out Community Librarian Scheme, Swindon Youth Festival of Literature and Whatever it Takes, Leicester.

Also hear from the 2023 Enterprise of the Year Shortlist: Colham Manor Primary School, Oswestry School, Stratford Girls' Grammar School and Blanchelande College.

Winner 2022

The winner of the inaugural SLA Community Award was the Alexandra Palace Book Award Team which included Helen Swinyard, Tanya Efthymiou, Gill Ward, and Kate Ereira. The project demonstrated a brilliant joint working initiative between primary, secondary schools and public libraries; one that the judges noted was refreshed each year to keep it feeling new. The longevity and growth of this project over several years is proof of how it is valued by the community.


The School Library Association offers a wide range of on demand and real time training to enhance the personal and professional development of everyone who works in school libraries.


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As a charity, our focus is on helping those that need it. But that means we need your help too. Whether it's volunteering, fundraising or donations, it makes a huge difference to the number of pupils we're able to support. 

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Being a member of the SLA not only entitles you to the training, services and benefits of membership, but it also means you are part of a community who learn from and support each other.