Libraries Week 2021

Libraries Week 2021 has arrived! Organised by CILIP and supported by Nielsen Book and Bolinda UK Ltd, the focus this year is on supporting active and engaged communities and the central role that libraries play in their community as a driver for inclusion, sustainability, social mobility and community cohesion.

Libraries can support the campaign, 'Taking action, changing lives', and gain free promotion by sharing your activities, events and library initiatives online with the hashtag #LibrariesWeek. The Libraries Week website also has everything you need to publicise your event including editable posters and social media templates. 

Below we have listed just a few of the brilliant events libraries are putting on this week. Please let us know about your events on Twitter or by sending them to; we will update this page until the end of Libraries Week on 10 October.

Kingston Libraries are putting on a Digital Day on 9 October. Try a banana piano or have a go at making and coding a step counter, build a Lego robot or a Scratch workshop! Free places are open for booking now. Kingston Libraries Digital Day! Tickets, Sat 9 Oct 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite.

Libraries Unlimited has put together 'What if YOU spoke', a new collection of free pre-recorded writing masterclasses and writing competitions aimed at inspiring creativity and activism in 15 to 25-year-olds. Evolve - What if YOU spoke? (

Northumberland Libraries are hosting an online event on 8 October with author Freya Sampson about her latest novel, 'The Last Library'. 

Suffolk Libraries are running an Autumn Digital Book Festival from 4 to 10 October to coincide with Libraries Week. Find out more about the events and book tickets on their website. Autumn Online Book Festival | Suffolk Libraries.

On 6 October St. Helens Libraries are hosting the first event in Lesley Pearse's digital library tour. There will be opportunities during this Zoom event to ask Lesley questions. Places are still available to book. An evening with Lesley Pearse Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite.

Warwickshire Libraries welcome crime writer Stephen Booth to Rugby Library on 5 October for an in-person event.

Westminster Libraries in collaboration with the Chilean Embassy and Dr Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes are hosting world-famous author Isabel Allende on Wednesday 6 October for an online conversation. The road-of-no-return of literature: In conversation with Isabel Allende Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:00 | Eventbrite