This year the Scottish Library & Information Council celebrates its 30th anniversary.


SLIC was formed in 1991 as the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information matters. For three decades we have been offering guidance, funding and support to our members. This includes all of Scotland's public library services, school libraries, higher education institutions, further education colleges, health libraries and special interest libraries.

Throughout 2021 we will be celebrating our anniversary and the many milestones we have achieved over the years. These include:


  • Making Grant Funding available since 1991
  • Being a key partner in the development in the creation of Newsplan in 1993, helping preserve and archive nearly 4 million pages of local Scottish newspapers
  • Researching library and information provision for the NHS in Scotland in 1998
  • Exploring cross sector library service models with colleges and local authorities in 2007
  • Publishing a report on prison libraries in 2015
  • Developing Scotland's first public library strategy in 2015 
  • Forming a national strategy for school libraries in Scotland in 2018 - a UK first 


 SLIC Chair Ian Ruthven comments: "SLIC was formed in 1991 Ian Ruthven Chair of SLICto provide a leadership focus for Scottish library and information services. This year SLIC reaches its 30th anniversary.

The last three decades have seen incredible change in our sector and this milestone is an opportunity to revisit important developments, to celebrate the contribution of all those who work as library and information professionals, and to anticipate what Scotland’s library and information services might will look like in the next thirty years."