The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information services.



View all the events organised by SLIC along with external events that may be of interest. Submit your own event to the calendar.

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Our central database is full of useful resources. Browse through them or filter the results to help you find what you are looking for.

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We administer Scottish Government funding for public libraries (Public Library Improvement Fund) and funding for the wider library and information sector (Innovation and Development Fund).


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SLIC offers leadership focus and support to the Scottish library and information sector, coordinating and promoting national service developments to benefit Scotland’s people and enrich our cultural, educational and economic landscape.

This website aims to provide SLIC members and the wider library and information community with information about SLIC’s activities and services.

Scotland’s Information

map-scot Do you know where your local library is? Use our interactive Scotland’s Information tool to find it. Libraries have much more than just books. Find out more about the resources in your local library.

Ask Scotland


Ever wanted to know why the Scots wear kilts or find old photographs from your grandfather’s school? Then all you need to do is Ask Scotland and get real information from real people.

Ask Scotland is a free online service providing you with access to a wealth of information in Scotland’s libraries. Submit your question and a qualified librarian will respond with a tailored answer.

Ask Scotland is coordinated by SLIC and is staffed by real people based in Scotland’s libraries. It is a non-profit service, jointly funded by the Scottish Government through the Public Library Improvement Fund and the participating libraries.