News

See below for the latest news on community managed libraries and blogs from the network.

A New Community Library Peer Network

Posted by Bec Speidel  |  1st Dec 2016
Over the next 18 months, a new initiative, funded by Power to Change, will see the creation of the Community Library Peer Network. The project aims to expand the existing Community Knowledge Hub to include a further 200 libraries with shared interests and goals.

Learning from experience: Testing approaches to income generation for public libraries

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  17th Jun 2015
Locality is pleased to have been supported with funding from Arts Council England to follow up on our earlier work to trial approaches to income generation to support public libraries.

Supporting your community with digital skills

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  13th Jan 2015
Do you provide internet access in your library? Do you provide any kind of informal learning, including how to use computers and the internet? If so, the UK online centres network is waiting for you!

Income Generation for Public Libraries: Pilot Programme

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  4th Sep 2014
Locality is pleased to announce that a demonstration programme to prototype and learn from new approaches to income generation will commence this Autumn, funded by Arts Council England, and is now soliciting expressions of Interest from local authorities and social enterprises that are interested in participating. DEADLINE 3rd October.

Research on Rural Library Services

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  2nd Sep 2014
In Autumn 2013, OPM and Locality were commissioned to undertake research exploring recent changes and possible futures for rural library services in England. Our report has now been published by Defra and Arts Council England.

Book donations from an award-winning author who owes a debt to libraries and wishes to support community libraries

Posted by Annemarie Naylor  |  11th Aug 2014
The Transylvanian author, Zoltán Böszörményi, is now a successful businessman and award-winning author, but his early life was not easy.

Income Generation for Public Libraries: a Practical Guide for Library Service Commissioners and Providers in England

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  22nd Jul 2014
Locality has worked with Arts Council England over a six month period to explore existing good practice and assess the potential to further enable income generation to support and enhance as well as to improve the overall resilience and sustainability of library services.

Common Libraries - Prototyping the Library of the Future

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  24th Apr 2014
Common Libraries works with enterprising organisations to prototype the library of the future – today. Support them by voting in the OuiShare Awards. http://awards.ouisharefest.com/#vote

Enabling Enterprise in Libraries research report

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  24th Apr 2014
Locality is working with Arts Council England to explore existing good practice and assess the potential to further enable enterprise amongst library service providers.

Public library services report – Locality’s submission

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  31st Mar 2014
Locality has submitted its response to the independent report on the public libraries service in England.