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Health on the Shelf published by SLIC

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The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) has published a new report on the health and wellbeing offer which Scottish public libraries provide to their communities.

SLIC commissioned this research, which was carried out by Dr Alyson Tyler, in order to investigate and provide a clearer understanding of the different health and wellbeing activities taking place in public libraries. The report includes an extensive literature review and also results from key stakeholder interviews. Additionally, it examines the importance of the library as a trusted space within communities and takes into account the views of the public.

The research clearly outlines that libraries offer a variety of crucial health and wellbeing services, with an A-Z of what is available across Scotland (pp.14-15). It also highlights examples of best practice from throughout the country and recommendations for the future.

Pamela Tulloch, CEO of SLIC, said:

Our Health on the Shelf report provides a rich overview of self-management activity in public libraries in Scotland and the difference this makes to communities. All Scottish public library services participated in the research for this extensive report, making Health on the Shelf insights far-reaching and significant. The report is able to demonstrate the impact the public library health offer has and what’s more, provide recommendations for the future. It is a key piece of research which highlights the detrimental impact removal of these services would have.

Please click here to download the full report.

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