This year SLIC has awarded nearly £250,000 in funding through the annual Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF).

Funding this year will help support a wide range of creative projects including robotics workshops and coding courses as well as clubs, community groups and projects inspired by WW1.

Each year every public library in Scotland can apply for funding through PLIF. Libraries can submit more than one application if they are planning more than one project. As a result, some libraries have received more than one grant.

Funding has also been awarded to two national initiatives which will benefit all 32 local authorities. Focusing on reading, writing & learning, economic wellbeing, social wellbeing and culture & creativity, these national projects incorporate four of the key aims of ‘Ambition & Opportunity’, A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015-2020 which was introduced in June 2015.

Below is a list of the successful projects which will be launched in the coming months.


National Projects

Scottish Reading Strategy for Public Libraries: Adult, Children and Young People’s Group

Welcoming Dyslexic Readers in Libraries

AWARD: £26,240

This nationwide project focuses on inclusion – ensuring access to reading is accessible to all by developing public library staff awareness and knowledge of dyslexia. The aim is to promote best practice and make certain Dyslexia Awareness Week is marked in every local authority.


Scottish Reading Strategy for Public Libraries: Adult Group

National Reading Promotion: Read the Past – Imagine the Future.  

AWARD: £20,200

The aim of this national project is to encourage reading throughout Scottish communities and to widen knowledge of local and national history.


Public Library Projects

Aberdeen Library Service

Café Workshop @ Aberdeen Central Library

AWARD: £7,500

The aim of this project is to establish a multi-purpose, flexible creative community space within the Media Centre of the Central Library. The space will be used for creative taster sessions, technology workshops, makerspace sessions, pop-up events, consultation and community engagement sessions delivered by library staff, partner agencies, community groups, local organisations and individuals. This affiliates well with Strategic Aims 3 and 5 of ‘Ambition & Opportunity’ which focuses on economic wellbeing and culture & creativity.



Angus Home Front in WW1

AWARD: £7000

This project will produce an accessible record commemorating what life was like on the Home Front in Angus during the Great War.



Collaborative Practices – Supporting the Literacy Learning Needs of Emergent Readers

AWARD: £2000

The aim of this venture is to improve children’s attainment in literacy, an important aspect of Strategic Aim 1 in the Public Libraries’ Strategy document ‘Ambition & Opportunity’.


East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust

Creative Community Hubs

AWARD: £3,640

This long-term programme will promote the role of libraries in supporting cultural and creative activity – recognising that this improves social wellbeing and community cohesion. This project aligns with Strategic Aims 4 and 5 in ‘Ambition & Opportunity’, the Public Libraries’ National Strategy, which focuses on social wellbeing and culture & creativity.


East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust

East Dunbartonshire’s War

AWARD: £15,790

Building on the work carried out throughout 2015/16, this project will further engage young people and local communities with their First World War heritage in innovative ways. This will centre on digital inclusion as well as culture & creativity – Strategic Aims 2 and 5 in the Public Libraries’ Strategy document ‘Ambition & Opportunity’.


East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust

Libraries Supporting Users with Different Needs

AWARD: £6,364

The aim of this project is to make libraries a more welcoming place for isolated or disadvantaged people in society. This includes members of the public with disabilities, differences and learning difficulties. Inclusion is a core part of Strategic Aim 4 of the Public Library Strategy, which promotes social wellbeing.


East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

Community Connections

AWARD: £10,000

This project will create tailored packages of services and delivery to adults at risk of social inclusion. The aim is to support individuals to engage and reconnect with the community through vibrant library hubs. This project relates to Strategic Aim 4: Social Wellbeing in the Public Libraries’ Strategy document ‘Ambition & Opportunity’.


East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

Lock and Leave Libraries

AWARD: £30,000

In a bid to increase access to library services and resources, this project will focus on offering access to physical buildings outside of core staffed periods. This relates well to both Strategic Aims 4 and 6 of ‘Ambition & Opportunity’ the Public Library Strategy for 2015 – 2020.


Edinburgh Library Service

Edinburgh Explorers

AWARD: £5,330

Building upon established links with schools, this project is designed specifically to encourage and promote reading, literacy and independent learning for P1 – P7 children outwith school term times. This innovative scheme links with three different aims of the Public Libraries Strategy document – reading, writing and literacy, social wellbeing and culture & creativity.


Fife Cultural Trust

Tablet Tasters

AWARD: £13,000

This creative project explores the impact of eBook and eAudiobook services through a range of programmes currently offered by FCT Libraries. Initially focusing on established literacy projects for school pupils, this will later extend to Chatterbooks groups. This projects aligns with Strategic Aims 1 and 2 in the Public Libraries’ National Strategy which focuses on reading, literacy & learning as well as digital inclusion.


Glasgow Life

Community Language Engagement & Participatory Budgeting Project

AWARD: £4,900

The core aim of this project is to engage with existing English of Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), which will be delivered through the established ‘Glasgow’s Learning’ network and work directly with speakers of other languages in communities.  This will directly influence the purchasing collections to reflect the reading and literacy interests of those communities. The project incorporates three Strategic Aims of the Public Library Strategy – reading, writing and literacy, social wellbeing and culture & creativity.


High Life Highland

HIGH VOLTAGE: Teenage Volunteers in HLH Libraries

AWARD: £22,000

This project will recruit and develop a team of teenage volunteers from across the Highlands to support and deliver a range of events and activities in local Highland libraries. This will lead to an increase in wider community engagement and participation – a core aspect of every Strategic Aim in the Public Libraries Strategy document ‘Ambition & Opportunity’.


Moray Library Service

Read All About It – Online! Moray’s War through the Local Press

AWARD: £10,000

The main focus of this pilot project is to digitise the first phase of the 1914 – 1919 editions of local newspaper, the Northern Scot. This will make information more widely available to the communities of Moray, local researchers, historians and families who are interested in their ancestors. Library users will be able to find out those who fought the battle of WW1 on the Home Front as well as those involved in conflict.


North Ayrshire Library Service

SongBook – A Creative Fusion of Books and Songwriting

AWARD: £6,900

This project will engage more people of all ages with North Ayrshire library services – inspiring creativity through a ground-breaking songwriting and music making project. This is a key aspect of Strategic Aim 5 – culture & creativity – in the Public Libraries’ Strategy document ‘Ambition & Opportunity’.


Orkney Library Services

Code Miners – Library Minecraft and Coding Clubs

AWARD: £2,000

Through the use of Minecraft and Coding activities this project aims to engage with 7 to 14-year-olds and their families. This relates well to Strategic Aims 1, 2, 4, and 5 of the Public Libraries Strategy which focuses on areas such as excellent public services and digital inclusion.


Culture Perth & Kinross

Digital Skills Volunteer Coordinator

AWARD: £12,220

The temporary employment of a Volunteer Coordinator will ensure a framework is in place to upskill staff and volunteers so that digital literacy and tuition becomes part of library planning. This will help develop the use of volunteers within the library service to deliver digital skills tuition for members of the public through the public libraries network. This links directly to Strategic Aim 2 of the Public Libraries Strategy, digital inclusion.


Culture Perth & Kinross

Lads and Dads sessions in the Library

AWARD: £14,000

This project will establish and develop a ‘lads and dads’ six-week programme and reading and literacy-related activities – directly relating to Strategic Aim 1 of the Public Libraries Strategy, Ambition & Opportunity.


South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture

70 Voices – An Intergenerational Dialogue

AWARD: £20,000

The main objective of this creative project is to make a lasting contribution to heritage resources by giving opportunities to young and old to get involved in a wide range of cutting edge digital activities. This will build up an intergenerational dialogue which can then be stored for future generations. This incorporates Strategic Aims 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the Public Libraries Strategy document, ‘Ambition & Opportunity’.


Stirling Library Services

CODE: Lego

AWARD: £11,000

Through the use of Lego robotics and coding sessions this programme encourages creative thinking and nurtures an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This will increase digital participation within Stirling’s libraries. Focusing on reading, writing and learning, digital inclusion and culture & creativity, this project combines three key aspects of the Public Libraries Strategy, ‘Ambition & Opportunity’.


Western Isles Library Services

Digital Hebrides

AWARD: £5000

The key focus of this project is to extend the library service in the Western Isles digitally, creating a range of exciting digital discovery opportunities in libraries and beyond. This will be done through a combination of gaming, virtual reality and drone photography. With digital inclusion lying at the heart of this project, it relates directly to the Scottish Libraries Strategic Aim 2 in the Ambition & Opportunity Strategy document.