The Scottish Library and Information Council is looking for tender proposals to review the Scottish Reading Strategy. The successful supplier will review the current reading landscape in Scotland, identify best practice and make recommendations on how to maximise impact. A key element will be aligning the Scottish Reading Strategy with Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015 – 2020.


The main aims of the project will be:

  • Reviewing the Scottish Reading Strategy, identifying best practice and areas for improvement.
  • Exploring existing methods of libraries working collaboratively to deliver a national initiative, within Scotland, the UK and beyond.
  • Outlining a refreshed Scottish Reading Strategy, which clearly supports attainment, links to the National Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland and the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes.
The Scottish Reading Strategy Vision

The Scottish Reading Strategy was originally launched in 2014 to draw communities together and bring reading alive. Its vision is to inspire reading across all genres and age groups – thereby improving literacy levels and the health and wellbeing of readers.

It is expected that the Strategy project will be a mix of desktop research and key stakeholder interviews with organisations such as the Association of Public Libraries in Scotland (APLS), the Reading Agency and Scottish Book Trust.

The main outcome of the Project will be a refreshed Scottish Reading Strategy, the implementation of which is better supported by Scottish public libraries. It should also enable libraries to demonstrate what they contribute to reading for pleasure and literacy support. 

Knowledge & Experience

The successful supplier will have knowledge of the public sector, experience of working with the literary community and of carrying out projects in the sector. They will also need to demonstrate knowledge of the role of reading within a public library/local government environment and a clear understanding of government and national policy directives and initiatives in relation to good practice. 

The budget for this project is up to £5000 with the contract lasting from July to September 2017.

To request a hard copy of the tendering document please email All quotations should be sent to the same email address no later than 5pm on Friday June 16th 2017.