The School Library Improvement Fund has opened for a third round of applications with a share of £150,000 available for successful bids.

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), which administers the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, is inviting funding applications from education authorities for projects designed to improve the school library offer in their areas.

The latest funding round has been opened following the September launch of Scotland’s first national school library strategy, Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

The Scottish Library Improvement Fund (SLIF), which offers a total fund of £1 million over three years, was launched last year to support school library projects as part of a wider approach to improving literacy and educational attainment.

Almost £300,000 has been allocated from the fund this year to 19 projects at school library services around Scotland and two national projects to improve information literacy and pupil engagement.

 

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, said:

“School libraries have a vital role to play in education from early learning through to secondary school. They support literacy, numeracy, and health and wellbeing, improving attainment across the curriculum.

“Our investment in the School Library Improvement Fund gives libraries the chance to improve and develop their services to deliver our vision for every child in Scotland to have access to a dynamic library service that works for them and supports their individual learning needs.”

 

Pamela Tulloch, chief executive, SLIC said:

“School libraries and school librarians can transform the learning journey of children and young people. They are a fundamental part of Scotland’s education sector. This funding, coupled with the vision and direction of the new school library strategy, offers school libraries the opportunity to strengthen service delivery and ensure every child and young person has equitable access to an excellent school library."

 

Applicants have until 5pm on Friday 14th December 2018 to submit a funding bid. Further information on the fund and how to apply can be found here.