Briefing 67: Public Libraries Strategy 2015-2020

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  • Ambition and Opportunity: a national strategy for public libraries in Scotland has now been published. CoSLA asked the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) to develop the strategy. SLIC convened a group chaired by Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of Carnegie Trust UK, to undertake the work.
    The report sets out recommendations for libraries under the framework of the Scottish Government’s national outcomes.
  • Scotland has six hundred libraries and other services points: 61% of Scottish people use a library.
  • 28 million actual visits per year and 20 million books loaned and nine million hours of internet access.
  • Libraries cost £21per head of population with an annual return of that investment of £166 per user

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