Legal and Governance, Trustee Workshop – 10th November 2017, Birmingham

We are really delighted to let you all know that David Alcock from Anthony Collins Solicitors – a specialist law firm with a clear purpose – to improve lives, communities and society will be running our first half day workshop on ‘Legal, Governance and Trustees’ .   This FREE session is developed and tailored for Community Managed Libraries (CMLs) and will take place on 10th of November 2017, from 10.30am in their Birmingham Office, 134 Edmund Street, B3 2ES.

The session will explore:

  • Different legal forms
  • What makes good governance
  • Legal considerations when trading
  • Local authority agreements
  • Defining your needs and sourcing help
  • Trustees
  • Q&A

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To book, please follow this link:

We have also organised a number of face to face and webinar based events, they include:

  • a two hour webinar (starts 11am) on Community Asset Transfer, 27th October 2017, facilitated by Stephen Rolph, Head of Community Assets and Enterprise, Locality
  • a whole day session on Income Generation and Fundraising, 7th of December,  in London, starts 10.30am. This session is facilitated by Elaine Harrison from the Crystal Palace Community Projects Fund.

Both events will be published on Eventbrite on 29th September.   Please look out for the link, it includes details of how to book and kindly share through all your networks, colleagues, trustees, volunteers and other CMLs. Thank you.


Have you seen this new research on the effectiveness and sustainability of community managed libraries?

A new piece of research on community libraries, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Libraries Taskforce and conducted by SERIO has just been released.

The research gives a comprehensive picture of community libraries in England today, covering their operations, structures, governance, performance, service offering, finances, sustainability and more and covers a wide range of operating models. You can read the full report here:

Research and analysis to explore the service effectiveness and sustainability of community managed libraries in England

If the full report seems a little weighty then the Libraries Taskforce blog offers a concise summary of the main research findings written by the research organisation:

Libraries Taskforce Blog post

This has been followed by a further post from the Libraries Taskforce explaining how they’ll be responding to the research findings:

Community managed libraries research – what we’ll do next

And Power to Change have written an excellent response to the research report that is also well worth a read:

Shining a Light on Community Libraries

There’s lots here, but we think it’s well worth taking the time to read about the research and how the Libraries Taskforce are responding to it.

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