Community Libraries: Key considerations

This guide forms part of a series of resources produced for the My Community programme, which is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. This guide explores the subject of community managed and/or owned libraries, and contains advice that is relevant to both established and new community organisations, as well as Town and Parish Councils who are interested in exploring how they may play a role in supporting and developing local community library services and buildings.

This guide is tailored for community organisations. It is informed by recent practice undertaken through the Community Ownership and Management of Assets programme and provides an overview of the key considerations and sources of support. A checklist is provided early on to help groups to assess where they are and how they can get started or move forward in taking on local library services.

Community Libraries: Key considerations (614.9KB pdf)

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