Scotland's school libraries have no national mandate for adequate library provision. Scotland's public libraries, though they do face a national mandate for adequate library provision, have no enforced standard for what that must offer. As a result, across the public and school library sector, Scotland's communities face a lack of equitable access.
Scottish Book Trust is undertaking an independent research project, led by our Research and Evaluation Manager Éadaoín Lynch, to report on the value and impact of our public and school libraries – and showcase how they are intrinsic to removing inequity across many intersections of Scottish life.
We work across every local authority, striving to offer an opportunity for all people to tell their stories; as such, we are uniquely positioned to bear witness.
- Surveys of public and school librarians
- Interviews with public and school librarians
- Qualitative feedback from library users
- Quantitative data gathering on library opening hours and capacity
This hub serves as a platform to share findings and resources throughout the research project. Key findings and reporting will be published here at the close.
Surveys for Scotland's library users – now live!
Whether you are a daily library-goer or have only just registered at your local branch, we want to hear from you!
The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and it will be open until the end of June 2024.
Please spread the word and tell us what your library service means to you!
Complete the library users survey
If you wish to read through all the survey questions before participating, download the Word document below.
For hard copy submissions, please feel free to print out the Word document and the following PDF for your Freepost label.
Find out more
If you're interested, why not begin with reading our research article on Why libraries are important?
Or, if you're a librarian or a library user, and you'd like to take part in this research, please feel free to contact the Research and Evaluation team at firstname.lastname@example.org.