Community libraries sharing knowledge


Local authority budget cuts need not result in the closure of village and neighbourhood libraries.   Community Managed Libraries (CMLs) really work.  

In Leicestershire there are nearly thirty small libraries operating under community management.

CMLs are able to respond to local needs by organising events which can also generate additional income.   They can work with other local amenities such as pharmacies, schools and book shops to provide advice sessions.  They can act as hubs for local information and a place offering friendship.

The level of support for CMLs from the statutory library services varies, but in Leicestershire, the the library service retains the book store which is refreshed regularly, provides issue desk training and facilitates the sharing of ideas and experiences.

Locally, the libraries are run by charitable trusts supported by teams of volunteers.