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New regional support model for public libraries announced

A new support model for public libraries has been announced today that will be a game changer in how they face future challenges. 

Digital Library Framework suspended

Libraries Connected met with JISC to discuss the future of the Digital Library Framework. The fra

Universal Offers: Next Steps by Sarah Mears

For the past 10 months Libraries Connected have been working with Shared Intelligence to review our Universal Offers.

Four refreshed Universal Library Offers announced

Libraries Connected today launches their refreshed Universal Library Offers, which demonstrate wo

First impressions: Catherine and Liz at the Libraries Connected Seminar

For the first time Libraries Connected, in partnership with Carnegie UK Trust, offered two sponsored places at the 2019 annual seminar to Liz Leyshon and Catherine Barlow.

Delegates at 2019 seminar

Seminar 2019: Speeches and presentations

This year's seminar theme was Libraries: A place for us all.

Two Libraries Connected trustees named in Queen’s Honours list

Lesley Sim and Martin Burton have today been named on the Queen’s Honours list. Both Lesley and Martin are trustees of Libraries Connected and will receive a BEM for their committed and inspiring work in libraries.

Reading for empathy by Sarah Mears

I believe that empathy is the quality that powers public libraries - offering reading that transports people to other places and other lives, providing shared spaces where different groups come together and feel they belong and delivering services that can make people’s lives better.

Mother reading with her young child

Statement on Tim Coates survey on reading in libraries

Libraries Connected believes that reading is and should be at the forefront of library activity and 182,895,337 books were issued in 2017/18. However, reading is not only a solitary activity and libraries have had huge success engaging communities around reading.

National portfolio libraries: One year on

The luxury of being able to plan artistic programmes over four years, to take risks and immediately apply lessons from past activities, and new partnership opportunities were highlighted as some of the key benefits that National Portfolio status has brought to libraries.

New BBC tour of British libraries to showcase its VR videos

The BBC will bring the BBC VR Hub to more than 40 local libraries across the UK from May to July in partnership with Libraries Connected and Scottish Library and Information Council. 

Young people at the skills academy

Somerset Libraries nominated for Digital Leaders 100 award

Somerset Libraries have been nominated as finalists in the Digital Leaders 100 Awards for the delivery of the Somerset Digital Skills Academy where they have worked with school students to encourage them to consider a career in the digital industry. 

A librarian is a librarian but an OBE is an OBE by Ian Anstice

There’s a saying about librarians that no-one ever entered the profession for the money or the power. Too true, but I think another equally true statement is that no one ever goes in it expecting an award or an honour.

'The library was my portal to a new world' Bobby Seagull on libraries for World Book Day

The library was a place for us to discover everything around us. If we wanted to find out about South American rainforests, the engineering marvels of the Victorian era or read children’s fantasy literature, the library was my portal to a new world.

Reading for pleasure in Pakistan by Sarah Mears

An invitation to talk about libraries and reading for pleasure is always exciting and when that invitation comes from Pakistan, it’s irresistible.

Blueprint for libraries project update from Isobel Hunter

We are in the first stage of what we hope will be an extended three-part programme to improve the structure of the public library sector nationally.

Reshaping our Universal Offers: An update from Sarah Mears

I’m pleased to report that the Universal Offer review is gathering pace and that we will complete the evidence gathering phase of the project this month. 

Libraries Connected awarded funding for regional development

Libraries Connected has been awarded £75,000 from the Arts Council to explore the support required by our regional networks.

Statement on CIPFA's annual library survey

The latest CIPFA figures are extremely worrying for anyone who cares about libraries. 

Carol Stump announced as President Elect of Libraries Connected

Libraries Connected are delighted to announce the election of Carol Stump as our new President Elect.

New roadmap for public libraries to be investigated

A new initiative has been launched to establish a stronger future for public libraries across England.

Libraries Connected: First Impressions

Whenever I have a new person joining my team, I’m keen to hear their first impressions as their fresh eyes often spot things that us old-timers overlook.

New chapter for library borrowing

Trafford Council became the first metropolitan borough to scrap all fines in its libraries in April 2018.

Stand for the post of President Elect

We are seeking individuals to stand for the post of President Elect. This vacancy is only open to members of Libraries Connected.

Libraries Connected announce Universal Offer review

Libraries Connected new Universal Offers review will be carried out by Shared Intelligence.

Developing principles for working with young people in libraries

We are looking for an individual or organisation to work with representatives from ASCEL, Libraries Connected and The Reading Agency.

Libraries Week 2018: Focus on health and wellbeing

Libraries Week is our chance to celebrate libraries and to demonstrate just how much they deliver across a range of areas including health and wellbeing.

Launch of Growing Well, a Toolkit to Help Combat Childhood Obesity

In early 2017 ASCEL commissioned The Reading Agency to research recommendations for a possible children and young people’s strand of the Universal Health Offer. 

Libraries Connected: First Impressions

I can't believe I'm already a month and half into the role of Programme Manager at Libraries Connected.

Libraries Connected appoints a new Trustee

Libraries Connected is pleased to announce that Lesley Sim has been appointed to its Board of Trustees. 

Invitation to tender for the Universal Offer Review

Our Universal Offers, launched in 2013, are a strategic programme and an articulation of the power of public libraries to enrich the lives of individuals and their communities.

Neil MacInnes, Mark Freeman, Isobel Hunter and Nicholas Serota

Seminar 2018: The speeches

Listen to some of the main talks from our 2018 seminar.

Reading Well for Mental Health launch: 5 June

The contribution of reading and libraries to mental health was centre stage at last Tuesday’s launch of the latest list.

Building on our past for a stronger future

I want briefly to reflect on where I came from and what public libraries did for me.

Farewell from Neil

As I sit on the train heading to the SCL seminar I’m reflecting on the last two years and my term as President of SCL.

Libraries Connected: The new charity for libraries

Libraries Connected launches today at a national seminar with the new Libraries Minister.