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Evaluation of Libraries for Life

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The aim of Libraries for Life 2008-11 was to improve library and information services in Wales. This report is an independent evaluation of the programme.

The report:

  • evaluates the programme’s six work strands;
  • assesses the development of libraries between 2008-11;
  • evaluates the aims and objectives of the programme;
  • measures the impact of the programme on library services in Wales.

The report includes a wide range of data from staff, library users and non-users, obtained using various research methods. It includes ground-breaking research using the Social Return on Investment (SROI) model.


The report concludes that Libraries for Life has had a significant impact on library services in Wales, and has delivered significant benefits for the people of Wales. The programme offered excellent value for money, and has improved services in many areas.

The research was carried out by ScotInform Ltd.