As you no doubt know, libraries are an intrinsic part of what makes a great City of Literature. From those first Bookbug sessions and picture books, libraries around Edinburgh offer essential services for readers, potential readers and act as linchpins of the community. The EDGE Conference, which takes place on the 28th February and 1st March, is held by Edinburgh Libraries to bring together those invested in the future of libraries to explore the role of libraries in a changing world.
The conference will be looking at library services and how the public interact with them: if you work in the sector and are interested in attending, booking information is right here on the website. There’s a fantastic programme of speakers, exhibitors and networking opportunities for all those folk with an interest in libraries and information.
However, if conferences and networks aren’t for you, but you’re still interested in supporting your libraries, you can still get involved. Difficult decisions are being made at councils all over the country at the moment, so make sure you check out books from the library (even if you’re just sitting reading it there, keep those borrower numbers up!) and tell social media, your councillor and your neighbours what your library means to you. Whether it was the place you learnt to read as a kid, the warm welcome on a cold day, or a chance to escape into another world, keep spreading the word about why libraries are so much more than bookshelves in buildings.