The School Librarian

About The School Librarian

The School Librarian (ISSN 0036-6595) is the journal of the School Library Association, published quarterly. 

Each issue contains articles, regular features, reviews of new books - fiction and non-fiction - and reviews of apps, websites and other media in a special section, SLA Digital. Members can read the journal online here (you'll need to be logged in). 

The journal is free to members, or you can subscribe. To find out more about subscribing to The School Librarian please email

The School Librarian is indexed by EBSCO, Gale and ProQuest.

Volume 69, Number 3, Autumn 2021

This edition of The School Librarian is packed full of interesting articles including 'Negotiating Controversies in school libraries' by Professor Karen Coats, 'Now you see them, now you don't' by Rob Dawson and 'Using the Information Book Award to inspire curiosity in Primary Schools'. Other highlights include 'Reflecting Backwards to Look Forwards: Celebrating World Book Day in a Pandemic' and an article about how to use Google Earth to add to learning.

Sample Issue

There is a sample edition of The School Librarian available to read online to see what it's like. 

In 2021 TSL was refreshed, with some design and content changes. Because they're still so new, only a few pages are available to view, but you can see the 2021 TSL here: Autumn 2021. You can view the pages at the beginning, 22-28 and pages 71 - the end. 

The issue to the right is from Summer 2019; 67-2. You can read that whole issue: The School Librarian here.

Members can access the past two years of journals online via the Members' tab at the top of the page (you need to be logged in). 

SLA Digital

Are available online for SLA members

Book Reviews

Available to SLA members only, please login or join SLA to access this frequently updated list

Further Information

Get involved with TSL

If you have an article you'd like to submit, or you'd like to offer your services as a reviewer please let us know, either by using the contact form below, or by emailing

Download the Introduction for New Reviewers

Download the Publishers Guidelines for TSL reviews.

We're always happy to receive feedback, so whether it's an article you've enjoyed, or something you think we can do better, please use the contact form below to let us know. 


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Institutional Subscribers

For non-members of the SLA, an annual institutional subscription to The School Librarian journal (ISSN 0036-6595) is available direct from the Association or through subscription agencies.

The subscription rate for the calendar year 2020 is £122.00 (plus a delivery charge of £12.00 to delivery addresses outside the UK and European Union).

Please use the contact form below for more information.

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