The Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) supports creative and innovative library projects throughout Scotland. Awarded every year, the Scottish Library and Information Council administers the Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Since its inception in 2006 PLIF has played a significant part in transforming Scotland’s public library landscape. It plays a key role in helping library services achieve the vision set out by Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland and millions of pounds have been invested in pioneering projects. This in turn has had an enormous impact on both individuals and communities alike. You can read more about the widespread impact of the Fund by reading the official Review of the Public Library Improvement Fund.

The PLIF Process

Each year every public library in Scotland can apply for funding through PLIF. Projects cover a wide range of different areas such as the creation of homework clubs, the introduction of maker spaces or digital training.

Currently, every project 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.

SLIC accepts a maximum of two PLIF bids per library service. However, services can submit an unlimited amount of collaborative bids in partnership with other libraries or organisations. Awards are then decided on a case-by-case basis.

The Public Library Improvement Fund for 2019/2020 is now closed. In the meantime our PLIF FAQ page may help with any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can contact our Business Support Officer (Public Libraries) on 0141 202 2999.

PLIF Timeline 2019/2020
Monday 15th April 2019 Bids Open
Monday 20th May 2019 Closing Date for applications
Wednesday 12th June 2019 Funding Sub-Committee Meeting
Wednesday 26th June 2019 Board Approval
W/c 1st July 2019 Confirmation sent to successful authorities
Friday 19th July 2019 Acceptance letters to be returned to SLIC
W/c 29th July 2019 70% of funds transferred to authorities
Friday 6th December 2019 Interim Reports due
W/c 17th December 2019 30% of funds transferred
Friday 5th June 2020 Final Report and financial records to SLIC