About us

ASCEL – the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians 

Download the  ASCEL Information Leaflet

We are the national network of senior managers in Children’s Public and Schools Library Services.

Our aim is to lead excellence in library services for children and young people and schools so that:

  • every child and young person visiting a public library should be inspired by an exciting environment which makes reading for pleasure irresistible
  • every school has access to a high quality school library service.


  • Work together to stimulate children’s and schools’ library service development.
  • Contribute to the national dialogue around children’s and young people’s learning, reading development and library services.
  • Work in partnership with Libraries Connected and library partners on national initiatives.
  • Provide support and skills sharing for members.
  • Provide guidance to ensure excellence in children’s library services and to ensure that children’s services are represented in the Universal Offers1.

We can help you by:

Providing a view on developments in the children’s services sector which will impact on public library and school library services.

  • Explaining policy on children’s library services.
  • Highlighting how children’s or library services feed into the Universal Offers.
  • Highlighting the importance and impact of children’s public and schools library services.
  • Speaking on behalf of children’s and schools library services nationally.

Download the ASCEL Information Leaflet

Read more about our work on the ASCEL Blog