This toolkit, produced by the Libraries Taskforce is for:
- heads of library services who are:
- considering transformational projects involving increased participation of community volunteers and organisations in delivering their library service
- supporting communities considering taking over or establishing a community managed library
- supporting a community managed library that is council led
- communities who are looking to establish community managed libraries
The Taskforce believes that the involvement of volunteers in supporting paid staff in running public libraries can be valuable in augmenting services available and ensuring close collaboration and engagement between public libraries and the community. The Taskforce does not endorse community managed libraries with no support from the local council.
We recognise that some councils, for various reasons, are considering a range of different models for community involvement and some already have implemented them. We want to ensure that, if this path is followed, all parties involved make informed decisions: understanding the pros and cons and learning from others who have gone before, so a high quality service is provided to local people.
The Community Managed Libraries collection page includes case studies and a variety of templates for councils
and organisations running community libraries.
We are always looking to improve our toolkits. Please let us know what you think by using the feedback button at the bottom of the page (or any of the case study pages). Alternatively please email email@example.com.