Scottish libraries receive final financial boost from Scottish Government for Covid aid

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Seven public library services are to share more than £200,000 to help them reconnect with their readers in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas.

The sum is the final tranche of awards to be granted from the Scottish Government’s £1.25million Public Library Covid Relief Fund administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council.

The fund has supported a total of 30 community library projects since its inception last October.

Library services sharing final funding include South Ayrshire, for its Friendly Faces cafes to tackle social isolation and Dundee’s Miners, Modellers, and Makers project, which will create eight STEM clubs to bridge the ‘digital divide’ – the gap between those who have access to new technology and those who do not.

Culture Minister Neil Gray said: “This project funding shows the important role libraries play in our aspirations to drive our cultural recovery from Covid.

“So I’m thrilled that this latest installment is supporting more libraries to reconnect with their communities.

“Libraries are about more than books and I am delighted that they continue to extend their services to local communities.

“These latest welfare projects in particular will benefit the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Chief Executive of the Scottish Library and Information Council, Pamela Tulloch, said: “Libraries are a vital part of Scotland’s social fabric, supporting and inspiring people to fulfill their potential.

“Improving mental well-being, tackling social isolation and bridging the digital divide are some of the main goals of public libraries and the Public Library Covid Relief Fund will enable local libraries to reconnect with communities and offer these much appreciated service.”

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