The new Universal Library Offers aim to connect communities, improve wellbeing and promote equality through learning, literacy and cultural activity.
The Universal Library Offers also aim to ensure that all aspects of public library provision are accessible and therefore each offer is underpinned by the Vision and Print Impaired People's Promise developed by Share the Vision and The Children’s Promise developed by The Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL).
The Universal Offers were launched in 2013 to demonstrate the power of public libraries to enrich the lives of individuals and their communities. Two of the offers (Reading, and Health and Wellbeing) are delivered in partnership with The Reading Agency.
The offers were reviewed with the public library sector and stakeholders in 2019 and relaunched to create a new streamlined and consistent framework. The framework will ensure that the offers remain central to our aim to support the core public library offer and to drive library innovation and development.
Universal Library Offer Handbook
This handbook introduces the new Universal Library Offer framework and provides guidance notes to help library leaders maximise the impact of the offers. Revised Sept. 2020.
Universal Library Offer Framework
A new streamlined framework to ensure that the offers remain central to our aim to support the core public library offer and to stimulate library innovation and development.
Universal Library Offer mission and strategic statements
A short summary of the overall mission and statements for libraries to use in their advocacy, strategic planning and marketing campaigns.