The first Peer Network newsletter is out now

The community managed libraries peer network has published our first newsletter. We welcome comments, suggestions for content and most importantly we’d like network members to contribute to future editions of the newsletter. If you have anything you’d like published in the next issue then email

You can read our newsletter here, but make sure you sign-up to receive future issues:


Locality’s Annual Convention – have you booked your place?

Locality’s Annual Convention is two days of inspirational learning, connecting and networking with our diverse and interactive schedule of sessions, talks and workshops. This year’s convention looks at how we can put communities back in control.

Join the Community Libraries Network and hundreds of inspiring Locality members, partners and people working in the community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors for the biggest community sector event of the year.

Find out more and book your place now:

Communities in control

Training opportunity!

We’re excited to confirm our first training opportunity for the community managed libraries network. It will be a half day workshop on legal and governance issues pertaining to community managed libraries and it will be hosted and delivered by David Alcock at Anthony Collins Solicitors in Birmingham. David and the team have worked with the social sector for many years and advised community managed libraries on a wealth of legal and governance issues so this will be a very valuable workshop.

More details on the workshop and how you can sign up will follow shortly but please put Friday 10th November in your diaries and make sure you sign up to our blog to ensure that you’re the first to hear of this and other training opportunities.

Are you ready for Libraries Week?

Libraries Week is an annual week-long showcase of the best that UK libraries have to offer. It runs from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October 2017 and it’s a chance for people to discover the range of things they can do at their local library. This is a week for ALL libraries including all our great community managed libraries. This year’s theme is Discovery.

So how can you find out more?

You can find out more register your library on the Libraries Week website and don’t forget to follow them on social media for ideas and inspiration:






Community managed libraries in the news – JULY 2017

Here are the July news articles, blogs and mentions that we’ve found for community libraries (plus a little general libraries news too).

National/general news




Community libraries network: First meeting of the pilot group

On Tuesday 25 July, over 15 members of the existing community libraries network stepped forward as members of a pilot group, to work through ideas around re-invigorating the network.

Building on earlier work done by Locality and the Upper Norwood Library Hub, and informed by a recent survey of members, they agreed common areas of interest and identified some priority actions.

We will share more about these over the next couple of months, and plan to use this site to explore further what is needed, and share a flavour of the diverse range of community managed libraries in England. We aim to increase membership of this network – and will use this site to ask questions, gather feedback and keep people updated.

If you are either are a volunteer in, or a trustee of an existing community managed library, or are in a community group who is exploring taking over your library, please subscribe by adding your email in the column on the right hand side. If you are interested in getting more closely involved, there will be lots of opportunities, so feel free to contact us by email: