Stamp of approval for shire libraries

Brought to book: Aberdeenshire COuncil's library service has won praise from the Scottish Library and Information Council
Brought to book: Aberdeenshire COuncil's library service has won praise from the Scottish Library and Information Council

Aberdeenshire Council’s libraries are celebrating after being given the stamp of approval by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC).

The council service was officially deemed excellent by the independent advisory body last week, following a visit by representatives of SLIC to assess the quality of library provision.

The service was rated as excellent in the personal and community participation category, with praise for outreach services such as home deliveries to those who cannot access their local library, and the range of writing and research workshops, visiting speakers, author talks and storytelling sessions available to users.

Other initiatives which attracted positive comments from the organisation include a postal service to those who are registered blind, bibliotherapy sessions for carers and those in care homes, tailored collections of books in other languages and the range and reach of the mobile library service.

“I am delighted with the outcome of the recent evaluation and the recognition it gives to the very high quality of the library service in Aberdeenshire”, said Helen Dewar, Principal Libraries Officer for Aberdeenshire Council.

“It was good to hear the examiners say they were leaving with many excellent ideas worth sharing with other authorities.”