Enriching Lives

Libraries play a powerful role in today’s society. They lie at the heart of communities – helping people to explore, develop and connect. In a modern world they offer a rich variety of services you would struggle to find anywhere else. From conventional book lending to online services, flim clubs and 3D printing, libraries are continually refining their services in response to 21st century life

The Scottish Library and Information Council drives innovation in libraries for the benefit of society. Since 1991 SLIC has been supporting and promoting the role of library services throughout Scotland. We support over 540 Scottish libraries by offering funding, research, advice and skills development.

SLIC works with public libraries and specialist libraries, as well as those within educational settings, to improve the quality of provision. Our approach is shaped by our commitment to innovation, proficiency and inclusion. We help libraries develop and modernize, which in turn strengthens their place within communities.

We work closely with a wide variety of partners to ensure people make the most of Scotland’s information services. We are funded through a combination of Scottish Government funding, member subscriptions and contributions from the National Library of Scotland.

SLIC Strategic Aims

We help libraries throughout Scotland develop their services and explore new avenues of innovation. The Scottish Library and Information Council also leads the development, management and implementation of Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015 - 2020.

The four main strategic objectives of SLIC are:

  • Advocacy
  • Standards
  • Innovation
  • Partnership
We aim to:
  • Provide a leadership focus for Scottish library and information services and to facilitate coordination on a national level.
  • Promote understanding of Scotland’s library and information sector and its firm contribution to the life of the nation.
  • Monitor standards of provision and promote development.
  • Advise the Scottish Government on all matters concerning library and information services.
  • Undertake research and promote innovation.
  • Foster partnerships with relevant organisations and institutions to further SLIC’s strategic objectives.
  • Award grants to promote innovative developments in Scottish library and information services.