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SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ‘ONE CARD’ LIBRARY PASS PILOTED IN PERTH & KINROSS

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, is piloting a new ‘One Card’ library pass that can be used in any of the five participating local authorities in Scotland and the pass will be rolled out to cover the whole of Scotland if the pilot project is judged to be a success. 

The scheme aims to encourage more people to use libraries by removing barriers between services and the other council areas involved in the pilot project are Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Highland. 

The single library card pilot is an SNP Programme for Government commitment and has been supported by £15,000 from the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF), a Scottish Government fund administered by SLIC to support creative and innovative library projects.

Commenting, Ms Cunningham said: 

“It is great news that library users in Perth & Kinross will now have access to 120 libraries and 1.6 million books across the five local authorities in Scotland that are piloting the new One Card library pass. 

“Public libraries are an integral part of our local communities – offering a place to borrow books, access free wifi, computers and socialise – and we believe everyone should have access to these services, wherever they are in Scotland. 

“I am delighted, therefore, that Perth & Kinross is to be involved in this project from the outset.  Indeed, it is absolutely appropriate that it should be with Perthshire having been in the vanguard of the library movement. Innerpeffray Library, near Crieff, in my constituency holds the distinction of being the oldest free public lending library in Scotland, dating from 1680.  

“The collection at Innerpeffray is fascinating and well worth a visit.  Although I should point out that, not being a Council library, it will not be part of the One Card scheme.

“Libraries can empower communities, helping tackle inequality, reduce isolation and boost the local economy, and I hope that this new One Card scheme will encourage more people to take advantage of our public library services across Scotland.”

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Scottish Government Press Release

The 120 libraries across the five participating local authorities contain 1.6 million books, more than 600 PCs, free wifi and a regular programme of events for people of all ages.

The One Card pilot will run for six months.

Previously, members of the public could apply for a visitor’s ticket. One Card will remove this barrier and offer members automatic access with their existing cards to more than 120 libraries.

 

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