Library gets cash for electronic access

SHETLAND Library has received £17,200 from the Scottish government to help improve access to electronic resources for groups at risk of exclusion.

The money is part of £450,000 awarded to 10 Scottish projects, aimed at improving the quality and diversity of public library services.

The funding, from the Public Library Quality Improvement Fund (PLQIF) is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC). It will support the introduction of new hi-tech services such as laptop loans, wireless internet access and self-issue machines for public use.

SLIC director Elaine Fulton said: “We are delighted that the Scottish government is continuing to support public libraries through this successful programme. Many of the projects build on work SLIC has been doing with local authorities to evaluate and improve their services.

“These initiatives not only show the breadth of work undertaken within modern library services in Scotland, but also demonstrate the significant contribution libraries can make in terms of meeting local and national objectives.”

The Scottish government has provided £1.35 million through the PLQIF to date, funding projects in 27 local authorities as well as two national initiatives. This fund will be continued for the next three years.


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