If you are planning on submitting an application to the Public Library Improvement Fund, you can find the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions below.

For any enquiries not detailed below email info@scottishlibraries.org

The Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) is a funding stream which supports creative and innovative library projects throughout Scotland. It is available to all public libraries in Scotland and is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government.

PLIF was founded in 2006 and through the fund millions of pounds have been invested in Scotland's public libraries. Reading about previously successful PLIF projects is a good way to find out more about the type of innitiative PLIF supports.

PLIF funds initiatives that support the strategic aims of Ambition and Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015-2020. Our Funding Committee score applications on innovation, achievability, value for money, sustainability and scalability. We look at engagement with the How Good is Our Public Library Service framework. Partnership bids are encouraged. 

A partnership bid involves working with other organisations in the delivery of your project. This could include other public library services, school libraries, higher education institutions, further education colleges and health libraries. You would need to approach any partners before submitting the application as they will also need to sign the form. While we only accept two applications per library service, we can accept an unlimited number of collaborative bids.

Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015-2020 sets out six key strategic aims. These aims outline the key areas of development within Scotland's public libraries. You can learn more about the strategic aims by reading Ambition & Opportunity and the recent Ambition & Opportunity Refresh.

The SLIC Funding Committee takes engagement with the How Good Is Our Public Library Service framework into consideration when looking at all PLIF applications.

The framework involves self-evaluation and peer review. It helps public libraries demonstrate the quality of their services and the impact they have on communities. It also shows a commitment to best practice and continuous improvement. As such, we prefer to fund library services that have undertaken a review..

There is a limit of two applications to give each library service an equal opportunity to be considered for funding. There is no limit on the number of collaborative bids SLIC will accept.

If you have any questions regarding the PLIF application process you can email info@scottishlibraries.org

Reading the PLIF Guidance and PLIF Application Form Guidance is also advised as this takes you through the application process step-by-step.

You can submit your PLIF application in two ways - either by downloading the PLIF application form or filling in the online form.

It is very important that everyone who needs to sign the form does so before the application is submitted. This includes the Head of the Library Service, their Line Manager/Director of Finance and partners (if any). 

We will contact you via email after submissions close to let you know whether you have been successful or not.