Scottish Government investment in school libraries announced

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville

SCHOOL libraries across Scotland have been awarded funding totalling £200,000 for projects focused on anti-racism, diversity, and racial equality.  

In 2022-23 18 initiatives across 10 local authorities will benefit from the School Library Improvement Fund grants.

These include Strathaven Academy in South Lanarkshire, which will receive £5,000 to develop a diversity and racial equality education initiative to promote and develop anti-racist education.

Ross High School in East Lothian will be supported with £50,000 for its community programme that will encourage pupils and staff to have the confidence to challenge and appropriately respond to discrimination and prejudice.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“School libraries play a key role for young people by providing access to educational resources, supporting learning and helping to close the poverty-related attainment gap.

“The School Library Improvement Fund continues to support creative and innovative projects in school libraries.

“The anti-racism focus of the projects will allow school libraries to engage with pupils on the importance of belonging, inclusion and social justice.”

 Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive of the Scottish Library and Information Council, said:

“School libraries play a valuable role in education and learning, and ensuring every young person has the chance to fulfil their full potential.  Projects funded through programmes like SLIF help to improve and expand the services school libraries can provide, so it’s great to see such strong applications coming in from schools eager to further develop these resources.

“We’re particularly proud to award support to those advocating for anti-racism and anti-discrimination through this year’s Fund and we can’t wait to see these initiatives come to fruition.”

School Library Improvement Fund awards


Fraserburgh Academy /Fraserburgh Football Club and Aberdeen Football Club
Project: Widening the Pitch
Award: £2,700


Alloa and Lornshill Academy/Empathy Lab
Project: Building Empathy Through Books: Empathy Champions
Award: £8,942

East Ayrshire

Kilmarnock Academy
Project: Building Racial Literacy
Award: £3,000

 East Dunbartonshire

Turnbull High School
Project: Exploring the Holocaust
Award: £3,705
St Ninian’s High School
Project: Human Rights, Story Writes
Award: £4,500

 East Lothian

Ross High School
Project: Stand Up and Be Counted – Global Community; Engage, Equip, Inspire
Award: £50,000
Preston Lodge High School
Project: East Lothian Black History
Award: £3,300


Edinburgh School Libraries
Project: The Library is Anti-Racist: A toolkit for school libraries
Award: £29,000


Holy Cross Primary
Project: Diverse Stories
Award: £10,000
Oakgrove Primary /WOSDEC
Project: Home is Here
Award: £17,400
Shawlands Primary School / Rumpus Room
Project: Inclusive Creative Arts and Literacy Lounge
Award: £10,500
St Mungo’s Primary School
Project: Developing the Young Workforce and celebrating the diverse community of St Mungo’s
Award: £14,255
Glasgow Schools – All Saints Secondary School, Lochend Community High School /  School of Education- University of Glasgow
Project: White Water Writers
Award: £18,730


Port Glasgow Campus Library/Larkfield Early Learning
Project: Reading Around the World
Award: £4,000

Perth and Kinross

Inchview Primary & Nursery/ Nil by Mouth
Project: 383 Neeps and Tatties and Counting
Award: £4,650
Crieff High School
Project: Protest Prejudice
Award: £10,000
Lochleven Community Library/Kinross High School
Project: I read for…. Change, understanding , empowerment
Award: £3,700

South Lanarkshire

Strathaven Academy
Project: Diversity and Racial Equality Education
Award: £5,000

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