Websites on UK public libraries

The following is a suggested list of useful websites, last updated October 2019:

  • Arts Council England is the body with some responsibility for libraries.  Information about its work supporting libraries is here.  Publications below.
  • CILIP – CILIP is the professional association for librarians.
  • DCMS – The Department for Culture Media and Sport has a statutory responsibility to oversee public libraries in the UK.
  • Libraries Connected – Represents the library services (especially the chief librarians) of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Not to be confused with Libraries Deliver.
  • Libraries Deliver – Advocacy website for public libraries in England. Join to show support and for useful materials. Not to be confused with Libraries Connected.
  • Library CampaignThe Library Campaign is an independent national organisation set up in 1984 to support Friends of Library groups and to campaign for improved services in publicly funded libraries. Since 2004 it has been a registered charity (No. 1102634)  and is funded entirely from donations, membership subscriptions and affiliations.
  • Parliament – parliamentary materials on libraries.
  • Reading Agency –  Independent charity to promote reading.  It is the UK’s leading development agency specializing in spreading reading through libraries and is the force behind the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Voices for the Library – Inactive since 2017.
  • #1 written by Ryan
    about 6 years ago

    Despite the decrease in public library funding, school libraries have been increasing the emphasis on the importance of reading and making it as attractive as possible with the inclusion of ELF’s book browsers, seating and listening centres.

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