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#LibrariesAreEssential – Supportive Quotes

Here are just some of the supportive quotes that we’ve received so far as part of our #LibrariesAreEssential campaign. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed, articulating the vital value of Scotland’s libraries as we move toward a brighter future post-pandemic.


Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP and Chair of Wikipedia UK

‘#LibrariesAreEssential for everyone, young or old, rich or poor. No matter who you are or where you come from, everyone deserves the access to local opportunity and support that only a quality library can provide.’


Ann Cleeves, internationally acclaimed author and twice-winner of the Dagger in the Library award

‘When we read, we see the world through other people’s eyes, and live other people’s lives. Libraries open minds.’


Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust

‘Libraries have always been essential to a brighter future, and never more so than now. Libraries are beacons of light, illuminating communities and individuals through all that they freely offer by way of books, information, learning, entertainment and enlightenment. Libraries build better lives full stop. They are as essential to the health and wellbeing of our communities as any other social service. Without libraries, there is little hope of creating a better and more equal society. Building a country where everyone has an interest in participating in, and nurturing, democratic ideals and practices, starts – you guessed it – with a visit to the library.’


Shelagh Toonen, Vice-Chair of School Libraries Group Scotland, Elgin Academy Librarian and Winner of CILIPS Library and Information Professional of the Year 2018

‘Libraries are essential to developing our children and young people with all the skills necessary for our future Scotland. School libraries empower and educate; they provide equality of access and they provide support for young people in their lifelong learning. Libraries are pivotal in providing the foundations for a positive future in Scotland.’

‘School libraries have a huge impact on all young people. On their learning and attainment and on their health and wellbeing. They provide a safe space to think, to create, to share, to grow and to read. They are the hub of learning and the favourite place for many pupils. We believe that libraries are essential and are committed to supporting this CILIPS campaign.’


Ian Murray MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

I don’t think we can support our libraries enough. They are a lifeline to many in south Edinburgh.


Brian Sloan, Chief Executive of Age Scotland 

Scotland’s libraries are often hubs of local communities. They are a vital resource for many older people across the country and have long been a safe space, not only for accessing books and reference materials but also trusted information sources and computer technology.

Digital training programmes offered by local libraries have helped reduce digital exclusion, while dedicated staff help protect against the dangers of misinformation – both issues that have become more prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, as Scotland gradually emerges from the pandemic, we hope to see libraries re-open their doors and continue providing vital services.  A reduction in these services risks negatively impacting older people’s ability to engage in social and lifelong learning opportunities and may inhibit the learning of new skills such as digital technology.


Maxim Jakubowski, Honorary Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association

Libraries are the mainstay of culture and I fully endorse all who campaign against their closures and cutbacks regardless of their political leanings, and would personally encourage any efforts to help sustain this vital sector of our society.


Connect: supporting partnerships in education (Scottish Parent Teacher Council)

Libraries, and in particular school libraries, are essential for supporting families, children and young people as they develop literacy and research skills. These skills unlock all learning and are skills for life. Libraries are also crucial information hubs, providing access for all families to help and support in their own communities. As places where anyone can go, libraries – and especially school libraries – can represent a safe haven, a managed space for peace, quiet and learning.


Library readers during lockdown, who accessed the BorrowBox app (powered by Bolinda) for free via their local libraries

I think, especially with the current situation we find ourselves facing, that the ability to still access our libraries is a Godsend. Thank you to all library staff. We appreciate you in person and via this website.

This is an excellent system and was recommended to me by a librarian. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Thank you!

I truly appreciate having access to eAudiobooks and eBooks… a fantastic way to be able to read and listen to a variety of books. I absolutely love it, thank you.

Really enjoying this library service – a real bonus during lockdown.

This has been a lifesaver during lockdown!


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