SLA Awards

The SLA runs and supports multiple Awards. These awards celebrate the various different elements of school libraries, and are important in getting the recognition for the sector that is so well deserved. We are incredibly grateful to all our partners and supporters whose continued work means all these awards can continue to go from success to success. 

All the awards are entirely reliant on sponsorship so we are incredibly grateful to our sponsors for their generosity and support in making these awards happen. 

"So pleased that the SLA shared the work so we knew it was all possible!"

Verity Robson, Primary School Librarian

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.

This is a new award, created by the School Library Association to showcase the spectacular work which is happening in school libraries at the moment. Work which develops literacy, community and independence in children.

The Information Book Award has been designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.

The Peter Usborne Primary School Library of the Year Award recognises everyone that works together to ensure their school library impacts all the pupils in their primary school. Previously known as Primary School Librarian of the Year, this award now recognises the whole team rather than one individual.

The Secondary School Librarian of the Year Award is the SLA's prestigious honour to recognise the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day, and to highlight the current practice of those whose work is outstanding.

The Pupil Library Assistant of the Year is lead by the SLA with CILIP SLG and it's inventor Barbara Band. It's organised by a steering committee and then judges by a separate panel of judges. The Award was launched in September 2014 with the SLA taking the helm in 2023.

Awards News


2024 School Library and Librarian of the Year Finalists Announced

Posted on 23/05/2024
School libraries and librarians celebrated for igniting children's love of reading.


2024 Enterprise of the Year Award Shortlist

Posted on 09/05/2024
The Enterprise of the Year Award, running since 2022, celebrates one-off or progressive projects which contribute towards reading and literacy in schools.


SLA Information Book Award Longlist 2024

Posted on 25/04/2024
Celebrating the best information books of the last year, and applications for the IBA Book Club are now open