Weekend Courses

About the Weekend Course

Held in June at a different location each year, the course is hugely popular and has become an essential element of continuing professional development for many school librarians – a weekend of inspiration, information gathering and networking and "a wonderful melting pot of ideas".

In its usual format the course is three days fully residential, with day delegate options also available. SLA Members qualify for a large discount on the course fee.

In the exceptional circumstances of 2020 the course is moving to an online virtual format.


The 2019 SLA weekend course - "Building Identity, Building Readers" - a joint venture with CILIP YLG - was held on 21 to 23 June 2019 at the Aston Conference Centre, Aston University, Birmingham, with a broad theme of wellbeing and identity.


Digital Education: Opportunities for Reading and Learning


The SLA's next weekend course will be held on 19–20 June in a new virtual format.

Delegates will be sent full information on how to access the course online.

Keynote speakers:

  • Baasit Siddiqui,  (sponsored by Encyclopedia Britannica)
  • Neelam Parmar 
  • Stephen Heppell
  • Lucy Powrie
  • Julian McDougall 

Course Fees (all +VAT):

SLA Member     

Friday £70.00

Saturday £70.00

Both days £120.00


Friday £95.00

Saturday £95.00

Both days  £180.00

Further information and the full programme for the 2020 VIRTUAL weekend course are now available at our 2020 course page.

Online booking is now open.

Booking closes:  noon Friday 12 June 2020.