Young people reading in a library
Government Funding for School Libraries

The Scottish Government is introducing a national School Library Improvement Fund, in support and recognition of the role school libraries play in improving attainment.

The creation of the Fund was announced yesterday as part of A Nation with Ambition, The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2017 – 2018.

The School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) will invest £1 million over the next three years. It will be administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Supporting School Libraries

The Government’s Programme for Scotland states that ‘to support the success of the Reading Challenge, and recognising the role of school libraries in improving attainment, we will introduce a national School Library Improvement Fund, investing £1 million over the next three years.”

Outlining the Programme for Government, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “All children and young people, whatever their background or circumstances, deserve the same chance to reach their full potential.

“From the Baby Box to the expansion of free high quality early learning and childcare, and from our work to tackle child poverty to the school reforms that will put more power and resources into the hands of teachers, the year ahead will see us take the next bold steps to give our children the best start in life.

“Our focus is an education system that will give them the skills, support and experiences they need to fulfil their ambitions and make Scotland the economic success we want it to be.”

The Programme also confirmed the First Minister’s Reading Challenge will be extended from P4 – P7 to cover all primary age groups, with pilots in selected secondary schools taking place from autumn 2017.