The Scottish Coworking Network is a project by the Scottish Library and Information Council to establish a network of coworking hubs within public libraries across Scotland.
Equipped with 19 desks, meeting rooms and lounge space, the coworking hub at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will be opening its doors to members on Monday 25th February. There will soon be more to follow, with central libraries in Edinburgh, Inverness, Troon & Dundee all to join the Scottish Coworking Network over the coming weeks and months.
The Scottish Coworking Network is a new network of business hubs within Scotland’s public libraries – the first coworking network of its kind in Scotland and the UK. The project aims to assist the development of local enterprise by offering not only a workspace but also a community space where entrepreneurs, freelancers and microbusinesses can meet, work and collaborate.
The project also encourages networking and collaboration on a national scale, as well as local. Members of the Scottish Coworking Network are free to use any desk space available in any public library coworking hub. This means that a member in Dunfermline can travel to Edinburgh for a meeting and make use of all the Edinburgh hub’s facilities.
Success as a small business or solo entrepreneur is so often down to serendipity, and the connected nature of the hubs allows people from different backgrounds and geographical areas to collide and interact. The hubs will offer the chance for members to run talks and events, to communicate and spread great ideas. Libraries have always been the perfect environment for advancing community learning & growing knowledge and this project is just another extension of that.
As well as community knowledge building, there will also be a series of workshops delivered through project partners to help assist with all aspects of starting up or running a business. The hubs offer a programme of support, guidance and resources ideal for people who have a passion or idea they want to turn into a business and need help getting started, or people who are currently running a small business and are ready to take their venture to the next level.
This pilot project allows SLIC to develop a blueprint for how other libraries can establish coworking hubs and become part of the network. To find out more and to book a desk, please visit https://www.scottishcoworking.org/.
Image: Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, Scottish Library and Information Council