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'I love my local library and really miss it': the importance of libraries

During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, Scottish Book Trust set out to discover what impact the lockdown was having on readers in Scotland.

Last updated: 21 February 2022

We recruited a panel of people living in Scotland to complete regular surveys about their experiences of reading between March and August 2020. The full report, Reading in Scotland: Reading over lockdown(this link will open in a new window) is available to read now.

Throughout the study it was clear that the panel were enthusiastic library users. Before lockdown:

We have a fantastic network of public libraries in Scotland and every week we heard from panellists who missed the experience of browsing, getting recommendations from staff and taking part in one of the many events and activities on offer. We received so many lovely stories and insights about the importance of libraries to our panel:

While we're not able to visit our libraries in the usual way at the moment, staff have been working hard to make their services as accessible as possible:

Each week our panel shared reading tips for us to pass on to the other panel members. Over the weeks many encouraged each other to give digital borrowing a go: