Donate to the CILIP Library Fund and you can help improve access to information and knowledge, literacy, health, digital inclusion and life chances across the UK.
A fair and prosperous society relies on access to information and knowledge. Everyone should have the same opportunities to develop their skills, improve their health and find work. Libraries and information services make communities stronger, support research and innovation, and help businesses grow.
Despite being a developed country in the UK we have problems because of poor skills and a lack of access to knowledge:
- Young people in England are ranked by OECD as some of the least literate in the developed world.
- 11 million people in the UK are offline and have no digital skills, yet 90% of future jobs will need ICT skills.
- 40% of prisoners have literacy skills so low that on release they are ineligible for more than 90% of jobs.
Library and information services in a range of settings are an important part of the solution.
Public libraries generate £38 million in added value to the economy through Enterprising Libraries, save NHS England £27.5 million, provide 26 million hours of internet access and lend over 190 million books a year.
Library and information services across the economy including in Universities, prisons, schools and hospitals contribute to our health, wealth, skills and collective knowledge.
How the money will be used
All funds donated to the CILIP Library Fund will be used to invest in the development and modernisation of library and information services. CILIP will publish an annual report highlighting the projects that have been supported by the Fund.