List of Library Trusts and prospective Library Trusts


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.


In October 2016, the Library of Birmingham Trust was wound up.  It was set up as a separate fund-raising body for the LoB, seeking funds from companies and philanthropists.  It failed to raise sufficient money and blamed cuts to the Library itself for philanthropists being unwilling to pay.

Councils considering passing libraries to Trusts

  • #1 written by Sam McDowell
    about 6 years ago

    Highland Council transferred its libraries to Highlife Highland in September 2011

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