The Innovation and Development Fund supports pioneering library projects throughout Scotland which link to SLIC's strategic objectives. It is aimed at those who do not benefit from the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) or the School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF). It is funded and administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council.

Below is a list of previous Awards from the Fund listed by year.


Applicant                                                               Project                                                                    Award Amount


NHS Ayrshire & Arran Health Board Library            Virtual Bitesize Health Conversations – A Webinar Series                  £3,600

National Library Scotland                                            Andrew Watson’s Legacies: Representing Black and Minority           £14,000

                                                                                         Ethnic Sporting Experiences


University of Strathclyde                                             Libraries for a Sustainable Future                                                           £20,451

Successful Applications


Applicant                                                               Project                                                                    Award Amount


Forth Valley College                                                  Back to the Books & Looking at the Future                                     £2,811

Glasgow Caledonian University                              Recording Studio in the Sir Alex Ferguson Library                         £8,489

National Library of Scotland                                   Design & Development of Collections Care Resources                  £10,000

North East Scotland College                                   Ethical Choices, Sustainable Changes                                                £4626

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland                            Spotlight on Diversity                                                                          £5000

Applicant                                                               Project                                                                    Award Amount


Glasgow University School of Law                           Community Outreach Leading Law Library                                      £6,000

Lews Castle College                                                    Highlighting the Hebrides                                                                   £5000

National Library of Scotland                                     Location-based Personalisation of National Collections               £10,000

North East Scotland College                                     Stories, Crafting, Creative, Adventures                                             £3,600


Applicant                                                               Project                                                                    Award Amount


Perth College UHI Library                                              The ESOL Book Club                                                                      £10,000

The University of Glasgow (on behalf of SCURL        Scottish Universities Open Access Press                                     £9750

Member institutes)

St Andrews University Library                                      Connecting Communities Through Cultural Heritage                 £9617


Applicant                                                               Project                                                                    Award Amount


University of St Andrews & Partners                        Culture of Encounter: Creative Community                                     £14,000


Forth Valley College                                                   Crafting to New Confidence & Positive                                               £1,200

                                                                                       Mental Health

National Library of Scotland                                     Extending Access: A Practical Evidence-based                                 £8,000

                                                                                      Evaluation of Google Arts & Culture for Showcasing

                                                                                      Library Collections

Scottish Poetry Library                                             Mapping The Way Forward for Creative Works                                £10,000

                                                                                      For Wellbeing in Scotland      


Applicant                                                               Project                                                                    Award Amount


Glasgow Caledonian University                                 The Online UK Copyright Advisor                                              £6,000 

Robert Gordon University                                           Gweed Wirds: A Doric Literature Portal                                  £14,000

University of the West of Scotland                            UWS Big Reads                                                                             £7,200