Scotland’s national strategy for school libraries has made a substantial impact since its launch two years ago today.

Vibrant Libraries Thriving Schools – A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023, was the first of its kind in the UK. Hundreds of young people from across Scotland helped to inform its development, with the aim of improving literacy and boosting attainment.

Two years on, the strategy has encouraged a high level of engagement with the education sector and school library community. Through the School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF), set up to support implementation of the strategy, school libraries have received £1 million to deliver creative and innovative projects.

Projects have covered a range of key strategy areas such as digital technology, attainment and health literacy. For instance, Riverside Primary School in Stirling using technology to give readers different ways of accessing material or Graphic novels being used in Lasswade High School in Midlothian to encourage reluctant readers. Partnership working has also been used to great success in East Dunbartonshire where their Shelf Help project has given pupils a platform to express themselves.

School libraries also now help to inform School Improvement Plans and, since the launch of the strategy, have been formally added to the school inspection process by Education Scotland

The Strategy Explained

School pupils in a school libraryVibrant Libraries Thriving Schools outlines the ways well supported school library services contribute to achieving the Scottish Government ambition of excellent and equity in Scottish education.

It includes five key Strategic Aims and 20 action points to support the improvement of literacy and numeracy, boost attainment across the curriculum, and enable opportunities for family learning.    

The strategy also highlights to decision makers the intrinsic value of a good school library service and the impact this can have on children and young people's wider school experience. It informs headteachers, school librarians and education practitioners on how to employ and develop their school library services.

You can download Vibrant Libraries Thriving Schools – A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018 – 2023 and visit our National Strategy pages for more information on the school library strategy.