Weekend Courses


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".

The three-day course is fully residential, with day delegate options also available. SLA Members qualify for a large discount on the course fee.

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.


Weekend Course 2020

"Digital Education: Opportunities for Reading and Learning"


The SLA's next weekend course will be held on 19–21 June 2020 at Ashford International Hotel in Ashford, Kent.

Keynote speakers include:

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

The weekend includes 3 workshops for each Saturday or Fully Residential delegate. Workshop leaders include:

  • EmpathyLab
  • Lucas Maxwell
  • David Goutcher
  • Bev Humphrey
  • Sarah Pavey

Access-It are headline sponsors for the 2020 Weekend Course.


SLA Member

Non member

Fully resident Early bird



Fully resident No Early bird






Friday inc lunch



Friday lunch & dinner



Saturday lunch



Saturday lunch and dinner






The full programme for the 2020 Weekend Course is now available to download in PDF format. Plan your visit and choose your optional sessions now.

Weekend Course Programme [PDF]

Online booking opens: early in the New Year

Early bird discount ends: 31 March 2020

Booking closes:  11 May 2020

Advocacy for attending Weekend Course

Information for Exhibitors

This year we have moved to an online booking form: 2020 Exhibitor Booking

Please book your stands as soon as possible as places are limited - extras such as accommodation and dinners can always be added at a later date.