PLIF Awards 2016

Each year every public library service in Scotland can apply for funding through PLIF. In 2016 SLIC awarded nearly £250,000 in funding through the annual Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF). The funding supported a wide range of creative projects including robotics workshops and coding courses as well as clubs, community groups and projects inspired by WW1.

Funding was also awarded to two national initiatives which benefited all 32 local authorities. These projects focused on reading, writing & learning, economic wellbeing, social wellbeing and culture & creativity.

PLIF 2016 National Projects
Welcoming Dyslexic Readers in Libraries

AWARD: £26,240

This nationwide project focused on inclusion – ensuring access to reading is accessible to all by developing public library staff awareness and knowledge of dyslexia. The aim was to promote best practice and make certain Dyslexia Awareness Week is marked in every local authority.

National Reading Promotion: Read the Past – Imagine the Future.  

AWARD: £20,200

The aim of this national project was to encourage reading throughout Scottish communities and to widen knowledge of local and national history.

PLIF 2016 Public Library Projects
Café Workshop @ Aberdeen Central Library

AWARD: £7,500

The aim of this project was to establish a multi-purpose, flexible creative community space within the Media Centre of the Central Library. The space is used for creative taster sessions, technology workshops, makerspace sessions, pop-up events, consultation and community engagement sessions delivered by library staff, partner agencies, community groups, local organisations and individuals.

Angus Home Front in WW1

AWARD: £7000

This project produced an accessible record commemorating what life was like on the Home Front in Angus during the Great War.


Collaborative Practices – Supporting the Literacy Learning Needs of Emergent Readers

AWARD: £2000

The aim of this venture was to improve children’s attainment in literacy.

Creative Community Hubs

AWARD: £3,640

This long-term programme promoted the role of libraries in supporting cultural and creative activity – recognising that this improves social wellbeing and community cohesion.


East Dunbartonshire’s War

AWARD: £15,790

Building on the work carried out throughout 2015/16, this project engaged young people and local communities with their First World War heritage in innovative ways.


Libraries Supporting Users with Different Needs

AWARD: £6,364

The aim of this project was to make libraries a more welcoming place for isolated or disadvantaged people in society. This included members of the public with disabilities, differences and learning difficulties.

Community Connections

AWARD: £10,000

This project created tailored packages of services and delivery to adults at risk of social inclusion. The project supported individuals to engage and reconnect with the community through vibrant library hubs.


Lock and Leave Libraries

AWARD: £30,000

In a bid to increase access to library services and resources, This project focused on offering access to physical buildings outside of core staffed periods.

Edinburgh Explorers

AWARD: £5,330

Building upon established links with schools, this project was designed specifically to encourage and promote reading, literacy and independent learning for P1 – P7 children outwith school term times.

Tablet Tasters

AWARD: £13,000

This creative project explored the impact of eBook and eAudiobook services through a range of programmes currently offered by FCT Libraries. Initially focusing on established literacy projects for school pupils, the project was later extended to Chatterbooks groups.

Community Language Engagement & Participatory Budgeting Project

AWARD: £4,900

The core aim of this project was to engage with English speakers of other languages (ESOL) in Glasgow's communities.The resulting insights were then used to influence new resources purchased, reflecting the reading and literacy interests of those communities.

HIGH VOLTAGE: Teenage Volunteers in HLH Libraries

AWARD: £22,000

This project recruited and developed a team of teenage volunteers from across the Highlands to support and deliver a range of events and activities in local Highland libraries.

Read All About It – Online! Moray’s War through the Local Press

AWARD: £10,000

The main focus of this project was to digitise the first phase of the 1914 – 1919 editions of local newspaper, the Northern Scot. This has made information more widely available to the communities of Moray, local researchers, historians and families who are interested in their ancestors. Library users can now find out about those who fought in WW1 as well as the battle of the Home Front.

SongBook – A Creative Fusion of Books and Songwriting

AWARD: £6,900

This project engaged more people of all ages with North Ayrshire library services – inspiring creativity through ground-breaking songwriting and music making.

Code Miners – Library Minecraft and Coding Clubs

AWARD: £2,000

Through the use of Minecraft and Coding activities this project engaged with 7 to 14-year-olds and their families.

Digital Skills Volunteer Coordinator

AWARD: £12,220

A temporary Volunteer Coordinator was employed to create a digital literacy framework to upskill staff and volunteers. Digital tuition has now become part of library planning. This in turn has helped to develop the use of volunteers within the library service to deliver digital skills tuition for members of the public.


Lads and Dads sessions in the Library

AWARD: £14,000

This project established a ‘lads and dads’ six-week programme of reading and literacy-related activities.

70 Voices – An Intergenerational Dialogue

AWARD: £20,000

This project made a lasting contribution to local heritage resources - giving the young and old the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of cutting edge digital activities.

CODE: Lego

AWARD: £11,000

Through the use of Lego robotics and coding sessions this programme encouraged creative thinking - nurturing an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This has increased digital participation within Stirling’s libraries.

Digital Hebrides

AWARD: £5000

The key focus of this project was to extend the library service in the Western Isles digitally, creating a range of exciting digital discovery opportunities in libraries and beyond. This was done through a combination of gaming, virtual reality and drone photography.