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

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.

National research into library services: Arts Council commissions Locality

Posted by Clare Roebuck  |  1st Aug 2012
The involvement of communities in libraries, the transfer of library assets into community ownership, and the management of some library services by communities is becoming more prevalent.

£30m Community Rights funding for local communities

Posted by Clare Roebuck  |  5th Jul 2012
Locality is pleased to announce that there is £30m in grants available to local communities under the Community Rights support service.

Arts Council England announces £6 million additional Lottery funding for libraries

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  28th Jun 2012
The Arts Council for England have announced an additional £6 million of National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts that will be available to libraries from September 2012. This fund will support projects that stimulate ambitious and innovative partnerships between libraries and artists and/or arts organisations, encouraging communities to participate in cultural activities.

News from Rawdon Library

Posted by Carolyn Speare  |  22nd May 2012
On Wednesday, 16th May Leeds City Council agreed to grant community asset transfer to the friends of Rawdon Community Library.

New Heritage Funding Programme

Posted by Anton Schultz  |  25th Apr 2012
Have you ever wondered what your local area was like in the past? Or how people in your community used to live? The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is launching a new £1m small grant programme designed to help local communities answer these and countless more questions about their past.

Community Library Information Day

Posted by Sophie Michelena  |  24th Apr 2012
What a great turn out both from delegates and speakers on Friday 20th April in Wakefield. There were 11 community groups from Yorkshire and even one from London, coming for information and networking on the subject of community managed libraries.