The One Card pilot scheme allows library members across five local authorities and trusts in Scotland to use their library cards in any of the participating areas.
Library members in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Highlife Highland, Angus Alive and Culture Perth & Kinross Libraries now have access to over 120 libraries, 1.6 million books and over 600PCs. They can also take advantage of free WiFi in local communities and attend events catering for all age groups using One Card.
Members of the public can already access library services throughout Scotland but have to register for a Visitor’s Ticket first. One Card removes this barrier – allowing library members to freely access services in the One Card area.
The six month pilot project, which was launched in November 2017, forms part of the Scottish Government’s 2017-18 Programme for Government, a Nation with Ambition. It will hopefully be adopted Scotland-wide in the future.
The One Card project encapsulates many of the core themes of Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015-2020. The strategy highlights one of the defining characteristics of public libraries in that they are open to all.
No-one is turned away, no joining fee is required and anyone can make use of the space, be that a space within the local community or the virtual library offer.
Ambition & Opportunity strives to make Scotland’s public libraries part of a shared civic ambition to fulfil the potential of individuals and communities.
Libraries are the only place in contemporary society where everyone - regardless of age, social demographic or level of education - has free access to books.
Scotland’s public libraries work together to ensure citizens have equal access to the one of the best public library services in the world.
While the pilot project came to an end in April 2018, the local authorities will continue to offer the One Card scheme, and SLIC will carry out a review of the initiative. This will then help develop the scheme, with the possibility of the initiative being adopted nationwide.