The council’s Modern Libraries Programme sets out a new vision for the delivery of community run library services across the area.
The aim of this new approach is to build on existing, successful community library projects in the B&NES area and develop new provision - with upfront investment advice and professional support from the council - where volunteers run their own services which are tailored to their communities’ needs.
The council is also working with local communities and parish councils to move some existing branch libraries onto a community led model.
Supporting local communities to develop their own approach to community libraries makes this service more sustainable in the longer term and gives local people more say over how they are run and what is on offer.
The council is inviting expressions of interest from groups interested in setting up a community run library until 31st December 2018. Application forms and details of how to apply are available in our Documents and Resources section.