Applications for the Public Library Improvement Fund 2017/18 are now open. You can apply for funding by filling in our PLIF 2017 Application Form

Please be sure to read over our PLIF Guidance beforehand. It provides a step-by-step guide – outlining the key priorities and eligibility criteria. Once completed, you can send your bid to:

The closing date for applications is Thursday 18th May 2017.


PLIF 2017 Award Timeline

Tuesday 18th April 2017 Bids Open
Thursday 18th May 2017 Closing Date for applications
Friday 2nd June 2017 Funding Sub-committee evaluation / discussion
Wednesday 21st June 2017 Board approval
Friday 22nd June 2017 Confirmation sent to successful authorities
Friday 29th June 2017 Acceptance letters to be returned to SLIC
From 3rd July 2017 70% of funds transferred to authorities
Friday 1st December 2017 Interim Reports due
Week beginning 11th December 2017 30% of funds transferred
 Friday 1st June 2018  Final Report and financial records to SLIC

Every Child a Library Member’ Pilot

To coincide with National Libraries Day (Saturday 7 February 2015), the Scottish Library & Information Council (SLIC) announced details of a new library pilot scheme to make every child in Scotland a library member.

All 32 local authorities across Scotland have now signed up to support the ‘Every child a library member’ project, which is funded by the Public Library Improvement Fund.

Read the full press release here

Click on the link to see how the projects are being delivered locally Every Child A Library Member Pilots LA Breakdown

West Dunbartonshire Libraries recently organised a competition inviting each of the five secondary schools to design their new school library card.

PLIF Evaluation

Robert Gordon University were commissioned in 2015  to research previous SLIC funded projects and make recommendations for which successful projects could be rolled out to benefit other authorities.SLIC Final Report PLIF RGU


Listed below you will find awards, resources and reports about the Public Libraries Improvement Fund.

PLIF Awards 2008

PLIF, PLQIM East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Highland, Perth and Kinross, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Digital Inclusion Project: To lessen digital exclusion amongst carers and the cared for through the provision of a mobile classroo …

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PLIF awards 2007

PLIF, PLQIM Dundee, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Highland, Inverclyde, Scottish Borders, Shetland, Stirling

Dundee This project will offer library support for socially vulnerable groups in Dundee including migrant workers and those with substance abuse. Awar …

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PLIF Awards 2006

PLIF, PLQIM East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Scottish Borders, Stirling, West Lothian

East Renfrewshire Look@libraries. Awarded: GBP 49,960 Falkirk Accessible audio books, DAISY players and audiobooks were purchased to improve access to …

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