The Public Library Improvement Fund is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government. It supports creative and innovative public library projects throughout Scotland and plays a key role in helping public library services achieve the vision set in Forward: Scotland's Public Library Strategy 2021-2022The document outlines 15 strategic aims grouped under the themes of People, Place & Partnership, and maps out an exciting future for Scotland's public libraries.

Below is a list of previous Awards from the Public Library Improvement Fund. These projects helped to achieve the Strategic Aims of Ambition & Opportunity - Scotland's First Public Library Strategy - which was published in 2015. 

You can also view Archive Awards from the Public Library Improvement Fund on our Publications page.

Successful Applications

Applicant                                                                             Project                                                                                                     Award Amount

East Lothian Libraries                                                                          Libraries at Play                                                                                                            £5,500

East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure                                               The Root Cause                                                                                                             £14,240

High Life Highland                                                                                 Books and Beats                                                                                                          £5,400

Inverclyde Libraries                                                                              Play Together                                                                                                               £17,600

Leisure & Culture Dundee                                                                  Fintry Tool Library                                                                                                       £1,404

Renfrewshire Leisure                                                                           Renfrewshire eSports Athlete Programme                                                              £7,450

North Ayrshire                                                                                       What’s Your Story                                                                                                        £29,800

Perth & Kinross Libraries                                                                    Culture & Heritage Connections                                                                              £14,800

 South Ayrshire                                                                                       Jock Tamson’s Bairns                                                                                                 £9,200

South Ayrshire                                                                                       Climate for Change                                                                                                    £26,610

Stirling Libraries                                                                                    Making A Difference                                                                                                  £46,568

West Dunbartonshire                                                                          Towards a Sustainable Future                                                                                     £21,435

West Lothian                                                                                         Eco-Albeism                                                                                                                 £6,000

 

You can also download the 2021 Public Library Improvement Fund Awards as a PDF

Successful Applications

Applicant                                                                                Project                                                                                                Award Amount          

Inverclyde Libraries                                                                                   The Library of Kindness                                                                                            £19,970

North Ayrshire Libraries                                                                           Talking Mince                                                                                                              £13,000

ONFife                                                                                                          Data Led Library Leadership                                                                                 £41,800

South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture                                                    Signsational                                                                                                                  £5,500

Western Isles Libraries                                                                             Ar n-Eileanan /Our Islands                                                                                        £34,000

                                                                                                                                                     

Successful Collaborative Applications

                                                                                                                                                                  

Glasgow Life Libraries & Partners                                                           Investing in Our Digital Offer                                                                                     £85,950     

 

You can also download the 2020 Public Library Improvement Fund Awards as a PDF                            

Successful Individual Applications

Applicant                                                                                Project                                                                                                Award Amount          

Inverclyde Libraries                                                                                   The Library of Kindness                                                                                             £19,970

North Ayrshire Libraries                                                                           Talking Mince                                                                                                              £13,000

ONFife                                                                                                          Data Led Library Leadership                                                                                 £41,800

South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture                                                    Signsational                                                                                                                  £5,500

Western Isles Libraries                                                                             Ar n-Eileanan /Our Islands                                                                                      £34,000

                                                                                                                                                     

Successful Collaborative Applications 

 

Glasgow Life Libraries & Partners                                                           Investing in Our Digital Offer                                                                                   £85,950 

You can also download the 2019 Public Library Improvement Fund Awards as a PDF                                     

Successful Individual Applications

Applicant                                                                                Project                                                                                                Award Amount          

Aberdeenshire Libraries                                                                     Precious Things Precious Stories                                                                             £8,500

East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure                                               Virtually Together                                                                                                          £23,500

North Ayrshire Library Service                                                          Open North Ayrshire: Library Hackathons                                                                  £45,000

South Ayrshire Library Service                                                          Paws to Read                                                                                                                   £3,920

 

Successful Collaborative Applications

 

ANGUSAlive & Partners                                                                    SLIC Library Film Clubs                                                                                                £46,679

Leisure & Culture Dundee & Partners                                             Public Libraries Volunteer Accreditation Scheme                                                 £10,850

Falkirk Community Trust & Partners                                              Library Live!                                                                                                                      £35,700

Midlothian Council & Partners                                                          Building the Librarian in the Multi-Professional Healthcare Team                       £54,336

Stirling Libraries & Partners                                                               Storing Stories                                                                                                                 £9,622

                                                                    

You can also download the 2018 Public Library Improvement Fund Awards as a PDF