The Peer Network wants your input into our 5 Year Business plan – Join us in London on 18th July

As part of the National Community Managed Libraries Peer Network’s drive to achieve a sustainable Network,  we have organised a workshop on 18th July 2019 from 11.30am – 3.30pm to involve CMLs, our supporters and partners in co-creating our 5 year Business Plan.

Discussions will be facilitated by Katie Pekacar and Richard Sved from Independent Mind, who are helping us to design a viable business plan.

We would delighted if you would join us on the 18th of July, as your insights and contributions would help us create a dynamic and responsive business plan, assuring our future sustainability.

The workshop will be held at the Upper Norwood Library Hub, 39 – 41 Westow Hill, London SE19 1JT.  You can book a place using the link below:

Thank you and we look forward to seeing as many of you at the workshop on 18th of July.  Lunch will be provided.

Thank You.


Community Managed Libraries Peer Network Members Survey

Please Support Us

The Community Managed Libraries Peer Network has commissioned Independent Mind to help it develop a strategy and business plan for the next 2-5 years. Independent Mind will be working with the network between June – September 2019 to consult with stakeholders, survey members and review potential business models.

What does this mean for members of the network?

Well, it means that the Network is seeking to secure its future so that it can continue to provide support to community managed libraries. It also means that the Network wants to hear from people who have engaged with it – whether you have submitted a question to the network, attended a webinar, workshop or conference or are just reading our blog and Twitter feed.

The Community Managed Libraries Peer Network wants to be a network that truly represents the views and needs of its members. To do that they need to hear from you about:

  • What have your experiences of the network been so far?
  • What do you really value from the network?
  • What are your thoughts on our future direction and focus?

Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey online before 1st July 2019:

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First of two finance webinar sessions designed for CMLs.

Session 1 – 26 June 2019

  • Explores basic principles underpinning good financial management.

We will encourage colleagues who attend the first session to commit to participating in the second session as this is a follow up to the first session, building on learning from session 1.

Session 2 – September (date to be agreed with attendees to the first session)

  • We will ask attendees to our first session to outline some of the key areas of issues they would like us to cover in our next session.

The webinar will be led by Neal Trupp, Chartered Accountant (FCA), a SFEDI-accredited Business Adviser, and holds an ICAEW Practising Certificate.

Register Here

Twine WEBINAR – a Free Digital Tool for community businesses from Power to Change

This webinar delivered by Edward Walden walks you through Twine, a bundle of digital tools being offered FREE by Power to Change to community businesses.

Twine allows you to

  • log volunteer hours and visitor footfall quickly and digitally and then use this digital data to create efficient reports.
  • It is designed overall to make reporting on volunteer and visitor stats faster and easier. It has been designed with simplicity in mind and overall is very easy to use.

Twine could save you a lot of time and effort from logging volunteer hours on paper.

Twine is FREE and to find out more about this excellent tool tailored for organisations like yours, join us on either

See below for a short video about Twine:

Register Here

The Future of Civic Culture in the UK — Event registration – 2nd July 2019, Newcastle University

On 2nd July 2019, Newcastle University is hosting a one-day event on the theme of The Future of Civic Culture in the UK. Contributors to the day include academics working across the libraries/museums/parks sector, as well as representatives from Libraries Connected, Parks Alliance and the English Civic Museums Network (plus many more!).

Join colleagues for a day of discussion about the way that the ‘civic purpose’ of contemporary public cultural organisations have changed since austerity. Organisations from across the museums/libraries/parks/heritage sector will discuss the way that austerity has re-shaped their civic purpose and questions will be asked about the impact that this has on wider issues of equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice. What, we ask, is the future of civic culture in the UK?

The team are currently looking into trying to create some bursaries to pay for delegate travel particularly for those whose organisations do not have the budget for this kind of event. We are waiting to hear back from our finance team about whether or not this is possible. If there are people who are interested in attending but who do not have the budget, please contact

Link to the Evenbrite page, where you can register for this event is below. Registration is free, but places are limited so be sure to register for yours early!

The Future of Civic Culture in the UK?

Tuesday July 2nd 2019


Venue: Kings Hall, Newcastle University