Our vision is that the imagination and aspirations of all children and young people can soar through exciting, vibrant and dynamic library services which promote inclusion and diversity, where their voices are heard, valued and reflected.
Our mission is to inspire all children and young people to reach their full potential by championing excellence, diversity and equality in libraries.
ASCEL is the national network of senior managers in Children’s, Public and Schools Library Services. We were founded by library staff to provide the specialist skills, partnerships and programmes needed to deliver excellent services for children and young people in public and school library services.
We reach all 151 library services in England through the Children and Young People’s Promise, a Universal Library Offer. We also support those leading and delivering School Library Services. Our primary audience is staff and volunteers working with and delivering services for children and young people in libraries. All of our work is designed to ensure that all children and young people in England are able to experience exciting, vibrant and dynamic library services which promote inclusion and diversity.
We provide training, peer support, best practice and initiatives that develop and improve services. We have 166 individual members from 140 library services. We have 9 active regional committees which support place-based partnership working across the country.