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bibliotheca launches Grant Application Scheme to support National Libraries Day 2016 projects

In the spirit of National Libraries Day 2016, bibliotheca has launched a Grant Application Scheme, giving UK libraries the chance to win one of three £1000 grants to fund creative community outreach projects to celebrate National Libraries Day 2016, which falls on Saturday 6 February. The move comes as part of the company’s continued commitment to libraries to help them gain more momentum and reinforce their importance within their communities.

Darren Ratcliffe, UK Managing Director comments “National Libraries Day is the ideal opportunity for libraries to reach out beyond their four walls to engage with their community members and attract more members. We recognise that funding makes a significant difference when planning an extraordinary event, which is why we have launched the Grant Application Scheme to give the most inspiring celebration ideas the chance to become a reality.”

Libraries can submit their applications by visiting and telling bibliotheca how they would use the funds to support their National Libraries Day 2016 celebrations. Entrants are also encouraged to support their applications by getting their ideas noticed on Facebook and Twitter by sharing their comments, videos and/or photographs, mentioning bibliotheca’s social media ID @smartlibraries and the National Libraries Day 2016 hashtag #librariesday. Applications must be received by 4pm on Friday 18 December 2016.

The applications will be shortlisted by bibliotheca staff and announced on Facebook on Tuesday 22 December 2015. The finalists will be the libraries that submit the most creative ‘outside the box’ ideas to raise the profile of their libraries and make a positive impact within their communities. The three projects that receive the most likes before 12pm on Monday 4 January 2016 will be the winners and can begin putting their plans into action. We look forward to seeing many creative and inspiring ideas to help promote libraries across the United Kingdom!

About bibliotheca
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences, allowing them to continually evolve their library services for the changing needs of their communities. Their products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself.

With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers eBook and eAudiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.

About National Libraries Day
National Libraries Day will be back on Saturday 6 February 2016, celebrating libraries, library staff and their communities all over the UK.
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Contact information
For more information on this release, please contact Lauren Barnes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)