Weekend Course

Weekend Courses

About the Weekend Course

Held in June in a different region each year, our annual Weekend 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. 

An exhibition of publishers and suppliers is featured, along with a specialist bookshop.

SLA Members qualify for a large discount on the course fee.

In the exceptional circumstances of 2020 the course moved to an online virtual format, and this has led us to try a hybrid format in 2022. 

After two years online, we'll be back in person for the 2022 SLA Weekend Course at Ashford International Hotel, Kent, between 10th-12th June 2022. Marking the SLA's monumental 85th anniversary, Lifelong Learners: Journeys of Curiosity, Collaboration and Imagination will be a reinvigorating weekend full of learning, networking and celebration. 

Tickets are fully residential and will be priced at approximately £350 (for members), and all in-person bookings also receiving access to content after the event. Click here to find out more.


Leading School Libraries

11–12 June 2021

The Weekend Course 2021 has a working title of Leading School Libraries: Library, School, Sector.

It will take place online over 11–12 June 2021. 

After the success of our virtual weekend course in 2020 we are looking forward to welcoming everyone again.  

Course programme and full details will be on the SLA website: www.sla.org.uk/weekend-course 

Leading School Libraries is proudly sponsored by Accessit.


Digital Education: Opportunities for Reading and Learning


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

Keynote speakers included:

• Baasit Siddiqui (sponsored by Encyclopedia Britannica)

• Neelam Parmar 

• Stephen Heppell

• Lucy Powrie

• Julian McDougall 

• Lucas Maxwell.

Further information about the 2020 VIRTUAL weekend course is available at our 2020 course page.


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.