The SNP Government’s Public Library COVID Relief Fund will provide £29,500 to North Ayrshire Council for a programme of wellbeing events targeting social isolation and promoting mental health and wellbeing, by reconnecting communities with their library service and rebuild confidence.
It is one of 23 projects across Scotland that was awarded funding.
While priority was given to applications which support deprived areas and communities, all library services across Scotland were invited to apply for the fund.
Applications were made through the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and allocations will also support reading and STEM education programmes.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“I am delighted at this SNP Government investment in North Ayrshire’s library project and congratulate the libraries team on their successful application.
“The past year and a half has presented additional challenges to those prone to loneliness and social isolation who have really missed accessing libraries, which is why the SNP Government set up this specific dedicated COVID recovery fund.
“This funding is part of the Government’s wider aspiration to drive a cultural recovery for our communities, whilst narrowing the poverty-related attainment gap.
“I look forward to seeing how libraries across North Ayrshire use this support to benefit local residents”.
Scottish Library and Information Council Chair Ian Ruthven said:
“Public libraries are an essential part of Scotland's social fabric, supporting and inspiring people to fulfil their potential for over 150 years.
“Improving mental wellbeing, tackling social isolation and closing the digital divide are some of the key aims of public libraries. The Public Library COVID Relief Fund will allow local public libraries to reconnect with their communities and offer these much-valued services.”