Library user using her own iPad at The Mitchell Library in Glasgow.

The Public Library Improvement Fund 2019/2020 is now open to all 32 of Scotland’s public library services.

Created in 2006, the annual award supports creative and innovative library projects throughout Scotland. It plays a key role in helping library services achieve the vision set out by Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland.

PLIF is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government. Over the years millions of pounds have been invested in pioneering projects which have helped to transform Scotland’s public library landscape.

The fund has supported diverse projects including everything from vlogs, podcasts and filming to establishing a new healthcare service model.

Applying for PLIF 2019/2020

PLIF is open to all public library services in Scotland. SLIC accepts a maximum of two PLIF bids per individual library service. However, we will accept an unlimited number of collaborative bids from services working with other libraries and/or organisations.

Every PLIF bid has to have a direct link to one or more of the six strategic aims of the Scottish public library strategy. By showing clear links with the strategic aims, projects are also able to contribute to the overarching national outcomes of the strategy.

This year the SLIC Funding Committee will also be taking engagement with the How good is our public library service? Framework into consideration. If you haven’t already conducted a HGIOPLS review, you will be asked about your future plans in the PLIF application form.

There are two ways to apply for PLIF 2019/2020. You can download the PLIF application form or complete the application form online. Whatever way you choose, the form will need to be signed by the Head or Library Service or equivalent, their Line Manager/Director of Finance and by any project partners before submission. The deadline for this year’s applications is Monday, May 20th.

For more information on applying for PLIF please read the PLIF Guidelines and the PLIF Application Form Guidelines.