Ideas and innovations in public libraries


Every time I do a new news post for Public Libraries News, I check the media for mentions of new ideas in the public library world.  This is stuff that strikes me as unusual: it may be something that a particular public library has been doing for decades.  So have a look down the list and see if there is something your local library could benefit from. And if you want something added to the list (with full credit to yourself) please contact me at


Computers not books Providing access to computers, wifi or something else IT related, including wifi.

Technology training These are schemes to teach people about computers and aspects of them.

Technology to encourage reading or library use

Lending out stuff libraries just basically don’t normally lend out

Promoting health and wellbeing

Going beyond the mainstream

Displays and shelving innovations

Children’s and Teenage

Unusual co-locations

Publicity and outreach

Income generation or saving money

  • #1 written by Barb Clubb
    about 9 years ago

    Very useful website

  • #2 written by Steven
    about 9 years ago

    A nice resource to have available, thanks ian! A suggestion: I loved what Johnson County Libraries in Kansas did with their library vans, turning them into clever marketing tools:

  • #3 written by David Moore
    about 8 years ago

    ..just logging in to follow thread … any more ideas to think about well… thanks..

    David Moore

  • #4 written by liz allen
    about 6 years ago

    some great ideas on here, thanks very much for this

  • #5 written by Kelly
    about 3 years ago

    Thank you for compiling this list! It was extremely helpful when working on my assignment about innovative libraries.

  • #6 written by Erwin Lagustan
    about 1 year ago

    Thank You for these wonderful Library activity ideas. So useful…

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