EAST Lothian has been selected as the home for one of eight new library projects across Scotland.

Nearly £4,000 of Scottish Government funding is to be used to establish a dedicated resource for a comprehensive library outreach offer in the county.

Working alongside Families Together East Lothian, the service will offer families support with budgeting, parenting, neurodiversity and bereavement. Sessions will also be offered to families not using libraries to enhance the take-up of the ‘Every Child a Library Member’ programme.

The scheme is one of eight across the country, with more than £105,000 of funding coming through the Public Library Improvement Fund.

Paul McLennan, East Lothian’s MSP, welcomed the announcement.

He said: “Libraries in East Lothian are hugely beneficial for people of all ages, and this new funding will be a massive boost to this public resource.”