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Community Libraries

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Total available:
£80 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

This programme is closed to applications

Libraries have an important role in the community and we wanted our funding to strengthen the relationship between the two. We wanted to fund libraries that are more than traditional library services and worked with their communities to:

  • invigorate libraries as centres of wider community learning and development and learning based activities
  • create, improve and develop library spaces that meet the needs of the whole community
  • be innovative and promote good practice in the ways libraries are designed and run.

Our aim was to see libraries working with disadvantaged groups, existing users and non-users, voluntary and community groups and other community service providers. We also wanted libraries to reflect local and national strategies.

Libraries worked with their communities to identify the activities that they would offer, that would best meet the needs of those communities. Many different opportunities were identified, including reading groups, writing groups, language classes, family learning activities, art and museum exhibitions, cultural activities such as drama, health activities such as well-being classes, information seminars about local volunteering or other opportunities, work experience, library gardens, and outreach activities into more remote communities.