Libraries Connected Annual Seminar 2023 - Connecting Communities

Tuesday, 20 June, 2023 - 10:00 to Wednesday, 21 June, 2023 - 15:30

How do libraries help individuals and communities achieve their full potential? How can libraries help overcome division and polarisation? How should library services demonstrate their positive impact on their local area? Join over 150 library leaders from across the UK to explore these questions – and find practical inspiration - at our annual seminar on 20 - 21 June at Wyboston Lakes, in Bedfordshire.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lyusyena Shum, Executive Director of the "Library Country" Charitable Foundation, in Ukraine, talking about Libraries of Ukraine in wartime and the challenges and achievements.
  • Professor Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter, talking about social mobility and improving outcomes for people.
  • Andrew Laird, Managing Director, Mutual Ventures, reflecting on a series of lectures examining the role of public libraries in social mobility, economic development, and area improvement.
  • Ruth Carlyle, Head of Knowledge and Library Services, Health Education England, joining our panel exploring dis & misinformation.

We will also stage a series of ignite talks about engaging new customers and measuring the impact of work outside the library, and workshops led by libraries and partners.

The event is aimed at Heads of Service and is a great opportunity to:

  • Network with library leaders from across the country.
  • Take inspiration from distinguished speakers including academics, politicians and business people.
  • Attend practical workshops led by library experts.
  • Discover new library suppliers in our exhibition area.

The provisional programme can be downloaded below. For more information about the event, please contact


Annual Seminar Brochure 2023

This brochure for the Libraries Connected Annual Seminar 2023 'Connecting Communities' which is taking place on 20 & 21 June.

The programme will be updated as the final few speakers are confirmed.