Library services are based on a number of underpinning principles, which have driven public library development and shaped the trusted role they play in society. Our ethos is rooted in education for workers, equality of access to resources and information and the right to participate in democratic society.
We are also about sharing and sustainability, sharing content and spaces. Embodying all of this is Craigmillar’s brand new library which opened its doors to the public on Monday 26 November.
The fabulous, purpose-built library replaces the old and unfit building that was no longer fit for purpose. The new community space supports the ongoing regeneration of Craigmillar and is a key focal point of the new town centre.
Bustling with customers, families and children it is a wonderful addition to the community of Craigmillar
Jefferson County but relevant to us all!
In a 2010 survey of county residents , 71 percent of respondents agreed that libraries “contribute to economic development by offering assistance with employment searches and applications, job skills, training, career support and research/planning resources for business owners.”
A study commissioned by the Urban Libraries Council notes that the role of public libraries has shifted “from passive, recreational reading and research institutions to active economic development agents.” Libraries are “a dynamic
part of the community’s learning infrastructure which supports economic development.”
Another urban myth suggests that the Internet is making libraries obsolete. In fact, the Internet is driving significant growth as more and more people turn to libraries to access and utilize digital information.
“Public libraries are positioned to fuel not only new, but next economies because of their roles in building technology skills, entrepreneurial activity, and vibrant, livable places. The combination of stronger roles in economic development strategies and their prevalence make public libraries stable and powerful tools for cities seeking to build strong and resilient economies.”
– Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development