News

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

York to Explore First Staff-led Mutual Library Service

Posted by Annemarie Naylor  |  1st Feb 2013
The Cabinet Office will support York City Council employees to explore the establishment of an employee mutual through its Mutual Support Programme.

Enterprising community libraries – a national networking event - 5th March

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  8th Jan 2013
Organised by Locality, this event is a chance to learn about and influence the changing role that communities are playing in the provision of library services. It promises to be the UK’s largest ever gathering of community managed and supported libraries.

Olympic Games - ICT Going Cheap to Charities and Schools

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  21st Nov 2012
Econocom are managing the re-assignment of the Acer ICT fleet from the Olympic Games. This consists of some 12,000 PCs, 2,400 laptops, 1,000 servers and 2,300 touchscreens (ELO 1515L).

November News Round-up

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  21st Nov 2012
A lot has been happening in the world of community libraries in recent weeks so, here's a round up of: • National News • New Community Managed Libraries • News from the Network • Resources and Opportunities.

Re-imagining Libraries: A Book Needs Your Help!

Posted by maurice specht  |  23rd Oct 2012
Maurice and colleagues are seeking input into their forthcoming publication "The Community Lover's Guide to Libraries". Read on to hear their story of local action in Rotterdam, or visit their blog.

Feasibility Funds Available to Support Community Library Projects

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  12th Oct 2012
The Social Investment Business has launched the Community Ownership and Management of Assets (including Right to Bid) grants programme. Grants are available to organisations wanting to take up opportunities under the new Right to Bid or in relation to the pursuit of an asset transfer from a public body.

Speak Up For Libraries conference - 10 November

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  11th Oct 2012
The day-long event will pull together library campaigners and supporters from across the UK and give them the opportunity to build on their existing campaigning skills and tactics, share ideas and strategies, and focus on a way forward to make their local campaign as effective as possible, with the goal of ensuring library services are supported and protected, now and in the future.

Locality ’12 convention

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  9th Oct 2012
Join us at the Locality national convention 2012. With over 500 community enterprise and social action practitioners expected to attend, Locality ’12 will be the sector’s biggest and best event of the year. Guest Speakers include Nicky Morgan, the Director of Libraries for Arts Council England

One year on

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  9th Aug 2012
It's been almost a year since we launched the Community Knowledge Hub and began building a network of community managed and supported libraries. It’s fair to say that predictions that we would see a big increase in interest in community management were on the mark– with up to date figures expected this Autumn – and, looking ahead, more local authorities are expected to press ahead with plans to transfer the management of library services to communities over the coming year.

Welcome to Belsize Community Library

Posted by Gloria Charles  |  9th Aug 2012
Belsize Community Library is a newly independent library in Antrim Grove, London NW3. When Camden Council’s funding ceased the library was closed and The Winchester Project, a local children’s charity stepped in to take management of the library.