Public Libraries (Closures)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 2 March 2023.

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Photo of Stephen Kerr Stephen Kerr Conservative

Today is world book day. The First Minister is well known as a self-identified avid reader so, as she leaves office, how does she feel about being responsible for closing more public libraries than any of her predecessors?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

I am proud of the support that the Scottish Government gives to libraries. Many libraries in my constituency and across the country had to close during the pandemic, but I have watched them reopen and become vital parts of local communities.

I will continue to support libraries, and I will continue to support everything associated with the wonderful world of books. Perhaps I even look forward to having a bit more time to read books in future.