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The School Libraries Group (SLG) of The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) affirms that school libraries and school library services are fundamental to the development of a literate population able to participate fully in a thriving democracy, culture, civilization and economy. The SLG is therefore fully committed to enabling its members to achieve and maintain the highest professional standards, and encouraging and supporting them in the delivery and promotion of high quality library and information services responsive to the needs of users.


  • to promote and support the development of well-resourced and professionally managed library resource centres in schools;
  • to promote the development of reading for pleasure, of information literacy, and of e-learning;
  • to enhance and promote the status of school librarians;
  • to promote and support the role of schools library services;
  • to provide appropriate advice, information, guidance and training opportunities relevant to school libraries;
  • to liaise with local, national and international organisations in order to promote the role of school libraries, school library staff and schools library services.


Strategic Objectives

  • ADVOCACY and ACTIVISM: to act as advocates for school librarians and librarians working in School Library Services
  • EDUCATION: to encourage and facilitate the continuing professional development of all members
  • BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS: to improve links with other special interest groups within Cilip and organisations in the wider profession
  • EFFECTIVE SUPPORT: to maintain a strong national committee and ensure the continuation of the regional sub-groups in order to support members advice, information and training needs.

Contact Us

 How to contact the School Libraries Group.

For enquiries, questions or for advice, please contact the School Libraries Group by emailing the Chair (by clicking the hyperlink to create a new email with your preferred client).

Your enquiry will be shared with the most appropriate member of the committee and you will be contacted as soon as possible with a response.

If your enquiry is about the website or twitter feed, please contact the Website and Information Manager



Join CILIP and take the next step in your career by expanding your network and knowledge. Keep your thinking fresh with our exclusive magazines and newsletters. As a member you will have the tools to develop your skills and demonstrate your value. Join as a Student, Member or Leader to start your journey towards professional registration.

Leader - For library and information professionals in leadership roles or who are aspiring leaders.
Member - Anyone can become a Member. It is the entry-level category for people working in the information, knowledge and library sector.
Student - A special discounted rate if you are studying on full or part-time library, information science and knowledge management course.

You can pay for your membership up front or spread the cost over twelve instalments.

Group only membership

You don't have to be a library and information professional to join our Special Interest Groups.  You can join us as a group only member.  Group only memberships are available for a maximum of two years and you must not have been a member of CILIP in the previous 5 years. Becoming a group member costs only £50 per year. 

Benefits include:

Acces to our events, conferences and training

Subscription to the SLG newsletters, publications and resources toolkit

Access to our group pages and our Social Link professional network



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