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Inspiration Award

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The SLA Inspiration Award is given to the school library space that shows inspiration, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in its library design and in use, either through creative use of specific products or promotions. What matters is not how big the school library space is, but what it has achieved with the available resources and the challenges it faces.

2017 Inspiration Award

Submissions for the SLA Inspiration Award 2017 are now closed.

Visits to long listed schools are taking place, and a shortlist of inspirational school libraries will be announced in the second half of Summer term 2017.

The winning schools in the Primary and Secondary categories will be announced in the Autumn term at a celebration day where all shortlisted schools have the chance to showcase their school library designs.

If you are currently refurbishing, or even building a new school library, keep an eye out here for the SLA Inspiration Award 2019.

The Inspiration Award now takes place biennially with prizes awarded in both primary and secondary sectors. The entry period has been extended giving schools more time to complete their application. Judges' visits to schools that make the longlist will take place from late spring to early in the summer term with the shortlist announced in late June/early July.

The award will continue to be sponsored by Gresswell and LFC, part of the Demco Europe family of companies, who will be increasing the prize money to £750 for the winners and £200 for the runners up in each category.

Read the Press Release about the new biennial schedule:

New Schedule for SLA Inspiration Award

PDF file, 50 kB (Requires Adobe Reader)

Further Information

The Inspiration Award is the successor to the SLA's Library Design Award, founded in 2010. Full information about this predecessor Award is available here.

The Inspiration Award runs alongside the SLA's School Librarian of the Year Award.


The SLA Inspiration Award is sponsored by Gresswell and LFC.

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