List of Library Trusts and prospective Library Trusts


“ADP Projects is in the process of finalising designs, with the help of the steering committee, to transform these buildings into sustainable and innovative, mixed use community hubs. The vision for the libraries is to establish a mutually supporting network of community owned and managed buildings which will include a staffed library service integrated fully with Lewisham’s other libraries but also providing IT training, pre-employment training, local history centres, areas for recycling IT equipment, space for local groups use and community cafés where people can meet. Additional space will be created to accommodate enterprise units for business incubation and creation.”

Returned to council control

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust. Created in 2003, paid for by a council grant/external funding/income generation.  It has had some successes (extending services and running services from other councils) but it currently facing a cut of over £1m and considering closing 6 of its libraries. The Trust document “The Next Chapter” details the changes.  The Trust has a trading arm which lost a reported £250,000 on an event, leading to calls for the service to be taken back under Council control.  The true scale of the loss is unclear as the Trust claimed the figure is confidential and “private”. In July 2014, it was decided that Libraries were to be taken away from Trust and returned to council control and it was reported that they had done so November 2014.

Councils considering passing libraries to Trusts

  • #1 written by Sam McDowell
    about 2 years ago

    Highland Council transferred its libraries to Highlife Highland in September 2011

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