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

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.

Supporting the development of community managed library services:

Posted by Jo Gooding  |  9th Mar 2012
An interview with David Jones, Service Delivery Manager at Buckinghamshire County Council

Ever increasing expectations : the volunteer manager

Posted by Jo Gooding  |  18th Jan 2012
Local outrage when library services are threatened with closure is testimony to the esteem in which they're held by the Nation. Communities around the world are reacting and campaigning in different ways, and implementing a variety of solutions to maintain and extend free book lending schemes and access to curated information. Sometimes, volunteers look to 'take the strain' and step in to prevent services from being lost, and we're aware that a debate is raging in England about the extent to which this is welcome.

Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Calls for Evidence on Library Closures

Posted by Jo Gooding  |  13th Dec 2011
12 Days after Christmas… … is all the time you have to submit a written response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s inquiry on library closures (Deadline 12th January 2012)