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Libraries Week 2021

The Libraries Week 2021 logo, showing a group of young people celebrating while waving flags and the caption 'Taking action, changing lives'

Libraries Week 2021 is coming! Join CILIPS as we celebrate all that our libraries do:  playing a central role in their communities as drivers for inclusion, sustainability, social mobility and community cohesion.

We’ve lots of exciting plans already taking shape and we want you to be involved! Here are five ways (one for each day of the week) that you can play your part in #LibrariesWeek with CILIPS:

  • Meet our Members x #LibrariesWeek – we know you love our regular Meet our Members blog, highlighting some of our incredible members and the essential work they do across Scotland, so this autumn we’re running a #LibrariesWeek special series. We’re looking for people with a new perspective to share, members who had an unusual route into the profession, or anyone who believes that they break the mould of who or what the world expects LIS professionals to be! Get in touch here with your ideas or to learn more.
  • CILIPS Social Media Takeovers – do you have a #LibrariesWeek message to share with our 4,000+ Twitter followers? Want the chance to showcase your library’s essential activities on our lively Instagram stories? We’re looking for five lucky (and plucky) members or libraries to take over the CILIPS social media accounts for one afternoon each – contact us here (or even via our social channels) to find out more or nominate your library service. All we ask is that you keep it polite, positive and always in keeping with the #LibrariesWeek spirit – above and beyond that, the virtual arena is yours!
  • Share a case study – we were thrilled to hear from so many of you back in May when you shared your examples of why #LibrariesAreEssential in Scotland. Now, we want more! Click here to share an example of the work that your library does Taking Action and Changing Lives – updates on previous #LibrariesAreEssential case studies are very welcome, as are entirely new projects, events or any other activities.
  • Scotland’s Libraries: beating hearts of their communities (PMLG Scotland x Libraries Week)Public & Mobile Libraries Group Scotland are marking Libraries Week 2021 with this fantastic free celebration of Scotland’s public libraries: the beating hearts of their local communities. Join us online as we showcase some of the incredible work that is taking place in libraries across the nation: from promoting literacy, learning, health and wellbeing, to championing climate action and spreading small acts of kindness that add up to a big difference. Click here for more information and to book your free place!
  • The #Library5 challenge – it wouldn’t be Libraries Week without this CILIPS social media tradition! We’ll be posting a daily theme on our Twitter and Instagram accounts, asking Scotland’s libraries to share the myriad of ways in which they take action to change lives. Keep an eye on our social channels (and this page) for clues…

We hope as many members as possible can join in with our #LibrariesWeek celebrations – and don’t forget to share what your own libraries are up to! Visit the #LibrariesWeek website for free campaign assets, including posters and editable social media graphics, and remember that we’re always here to spread the word about the essential work you’re doing, Taking Action and Changing Lives.



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