School Library Association (SLA)

SLA (The School Library Association)  founded in 1937 this is an independent organisation for anyone interested in the development of school libraries – primary and secondary.

What the SLA does

  • The SLA is committed to supporting anyone involved with school libraries
  • The SLA believes that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision and so promotes reading and learning opportunities for all
  • The SLA has a significant voice at regional and national levels

Who can join?

Usually membership is taken out in the name of an organisation – a school or a college – but there is provision for personal membership, students and the retired.

Why become a member?

Just £89 buys an organisational membership for a year with access to free information and advisory services ; a quarterly journal which includes plenty of book reviews and articles about teaching digital literacy and reading for pleasure; a network of local branch and support groups; discounted training courses and publications and free online resources; advocacy for school libraries and School Library Services and a blog.  For more information please call 01793 530111 or email

Learning about Libraries

This is a new online training course offered by the SLA. It is aimed at anyone who has responsibility for the day to day running of a primary school library, so is suitable for TAs, HLTAs, parent volunteers and teaching staff who want to gain an insight into library routines. Learning About Libraries is a modular course designed to be followed independently and to be compatible with day to day work commitments. On completion of the course candidates will receive a certificate of competence from the SLA. For further information please click on the link

(Last updated by Denise Reed on May 16, 2013)

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