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.

A course review will be published in The School Librarian.


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:

  • Empathy Lab
  • 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






More information will be released in due course. 

Booking opens: January 2020

Early bird closes: 31st March 2020

Booking closes:  11th May 2020