Privatized Libraries / Outsourcing library services


Few things, other than closing a library, can be so emotive as passing it to an outside organisation to be run at a  profit.  The following pages look at the pros and cons, and some other aspects, in detail:


OverviewIncludes international situation and legal aspects.

Privatisation: pro

Privatisation: con

LSSI – The US private company that runs many libraries in the USA and wishes to expand in the UK

“Monster or Saviour” article – Produced for CILIP Update magazine, this looks at the claims for and against privatising libraries in detail.

Further reading – Some of the most useful reports on outsourcing public libraries.