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Libraries Matter

CILIP in Scotland believes that Libraries Matter.

We will be campaigning under this banner in the lead up to the local government elections in May on behalf of Scotland’s school and public libraries.

The campaign seeks to influence candidates standing in local government elections and calls on those who use or work in libraries to get involved in advocating the benefits and value our libraries deliver.

We want candidates standing in the local government elections to pledge that, if elected, they will:

  1. Support our public libraries and the vital contribution they make to community cohesion, social and economic wellbeing, digital skills and literacy.
  2. Support professionally staffed school libraries and recognise their value to education and the raising attainment agenda.

We’ve produced a handy guide to help people get involved.

There is also a fact sheet showing why it is vital that public and school libraries are supported and this will be getting sent to political parties and candidates in Scotland.

Check out our selection of case studies from a range of school and public libraries.

We are also posting some guest blogs as part of the campaign.

Already, there’s been great support for the campaign from a huge range of individuals and organisations. Why not add your voice too?

If you’d like to find out more about the campaign or add your support please e mail us at


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