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Library Design Award 2013


Carterton Community CollegeThe winner of the 2013 SLA School Library Design Award is Carterton Community College in Oxfordshire.

Two other outstanding library finalists were also celebrated at the award ceremony, highlighting the innovation, commitment, flair and foresight found in school libraries across the UK:

  •     Comberton Village College, Cambridge
  •     Wyndham Park Infant’s School, Salisbury
Carterton Community College Library Team
Carterton Community College Library Team


The winner was announced at a special celebration at the Hotel Russell in London on 7 October 2013 by Candy Gourlay, author of the award-wining Tall Story and recently published second novel, The Shine.

Read Candy Gourlay's blog of the day...


Special Commendation

SLYA Nansloe Special (1055)A special commendation award was also given to Nansloe Academy Story Garden in Cornwall, which while not entirely fulfilling the criteria of the main award, impressed the judges with its magical quality and original thinking.

Read the full profile of Nansloe Academy Story Garden.

Profiles of the finalists

The finalists were selected by a panel who judged all entries across a set of criteria: inviting/improved library image; space planning; educational objectives; technology and engagement; consultation.


Carterton Community College, Oxfordshire

Comberton Village College

Wyndham Park Infants' School, Salisbury

To find out more about the School Library Association Design Award, explore these pages:


SLA Library Design Awards sponsored by DEMCO INTERIORS