Top marks for local libraries

Aberdeenshire Council 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, following a visit by representatives of SLIC to assess the quality of library provision to local communities.

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, help with computer and mobile devices, and the range of writing and research workshops, visiting speakers, author talks and storytelling sessions available to users.

Other initiatives which attracted positive comments include a postal service to those who are registered blind, support for reading groups, 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.

SLIC also praised Westhill Library in its feedback, stating: “The new library at Westhill is a well-designed and laid-out, attractive public space. It is an excellent example of the quality of valued, public space which people want to come to and spend time in.”