The first ever Mobile Libraries Day in Scotland took place on Wednesday 20th November 2019 as part of Book Week Scotland. Launched by SLIC and supported by the Scottish Government, the day celebrated mobile library services in Scotland - promoting both the value and impact these services provide.
There are 49 mobile libraries in Scotland in 22 local authority areas, serving over 3000 mobile library stops and almost 37,000 registered mobile library users. Research commissioned by SLIC has found mobile library services are greatly valued by users and were often referred to as a lifeline.
The Libraries on the Move research also found that mobile libraries contribute significantly to the aims of Ambition & Opportunity, the national public library startegy, and Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools, the national school library strategy.
The awareness day was supported by many library services throughout Scotland, helping to ensure mobile library services continue to be a valued part of public library provision in Scotland.
The Mobile Libraries Day Toolkit has been developed to help library services, local authorities and cultural trust communications teams plan and implement local activity. It contains key messages, facts and figures, images and links to useful resources.