If you’ve got a great idea for a library project, the Public Library Improvement Fund can help support your new initiative.

Set up in 2006, SLIC administers the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. Throughout the 13 years the fund has been supporting public library projects in Scotland, it has helped set up groundbreaking projects.

Many have gone to revolutionise the way libraries are used and perceived. From projects which focus on introducing new ideas and technology such as hackathons, podcasts and film equipment to those which focus on upskilling staff in areas like health literacy, PLIF has paved the way in making all these things possible.

Applying to PLIF

Applications for the Public Library Improvement Fund 2019 are now open but it’s important to spend time on your bid before you send it in. Reading our PLIF Guidance will take you through the process step-by-step, explaining what we are looking for in a good PLIF application.

Our Business Support Officer (Public Libraries) Shaunagh Jones is also on hand to chat through any project ideas you may have and advise you with your application. The more preparation you put into your bid, the easier it will be to fill in the PLIF application form. You can apply by either filing in the online PLIF form or by downloading the PLIF application form. The PLIF Application Form Guidance Notes cover every question on the form, giving information on the level of detail expected.

How Good Is Our Public Library Service?

This year the SLIC Funding Committee are taking engagement with the How Good Is Our Public Library Service framework into consideration with every application. HGIOPLS is a quality assurance tool which gives public library services the opportunity to evaluate how effective they are, identify areas for improvement and demonstrate their impact.

Using a peer review system, it gives library services the chance of professional feedback from peers who understand as well as the opportunity to share good practice. Reading previous HGIOPLS reviews undertaken by Scottish library services is a great way to learn just how useful the framework can be and how it could be used within your own service. If you have any questions about HGIOPLS, including how to go about setting it up and how important it is in any potential PLIF bid, you can contact Shaunagh.    

PLIF Closing Date

The closing date for PLIF applications is Monday May 20th. However, it is important to make sure the form is signed by everyone required before it is submitted. At the very least this will mean a signature from the Head of Library Services (or equivalent), their Line Manager (or Director of Finance) and possibly project partners. SLIC will not accept any application which has not been signed.

You can visit our PLIF page for more information on the fund or contact our Business Support Officer (Public Libraries) Shaunagh to discuss your library project. Good luck!