COSLA RESPONSE TO SCHOOL LIBRARY PROVISION

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA is aware that school library provision has changed. This is as a result of cuts to local government budgets whilst ringfencing certain national priorities. Many schools are working together within their local authority groups to provide a quality service both within schools and by linking with their community libraries.

“We have worked with the Scottish Government through the Carnegie Trust to develop “A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015-2020". After working with the professionals it was published less than three years ago and we endorsed it. So did the Scottish Government.

"Given how pressed our funding is it is impressive that despite the cuts in library budgets (at about 8% and similar to all non-statutorily defined services) the use that is made of them has gone up in Scotland by about 30% over the five years we have benchmarked data for.” 

Article published: 
Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:00