What is a Community Owned Library?

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What is a Community Owned Library?

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A Community Owned Library is a library service and associated space that is controlled by representatives of the local community in a way which is responsive to the wishes of that community. Although it may include a Public Library Service (as defined by the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964), or elements of it, it will not be entirely controlled by the local authority. The library is likely to seem very similar in many ways to a typical local public library but may also include a range additional community services and will be primarily run by volunteers – although there may also be paid employees. There is no set legal structure for such a library but the organisation should be structured on a ‘not-for-personal-profit’ basis.

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