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Applying to run a community managed library

There are a couple of formal stages to the application process for organisations or groups to complete. This is because we need to know there’s a solid team behind the plans, the plans are strong and forward-thinking, and most of all, sustainable.

It is advised that you check our progress page to find out whether we are already working with a group at the library you're interested in. If you are interested in taking over the management of a library where we are not already progressing with a group, please contact us by email at or phone us on 01629 533444 to discuss it.

The first stage is the expression of interest. We will open this stage out to any interested parties. We will promote the call for expressions of interest and provide a deadline for their submission allowing at least 4 weeks for organisations to complete them. We recommend that you read the information packs for community managed libraries and for the relevant individual library, or libraries, you are interested in running carefully. A separate application will need to be completed for each library you're interested in.

An expression of interest pack is attached to this page which includes details of how to submit. You can print this pack at your local library free of charge or you can request a printed copy to be sent to you. If you need the documents in another format please contact us by email at or phone us on 01629 533444.

We will consider all expressions of interest submitted and we’ll inform each group or organisation whether or not it has been accepted.

Groups who have submitted successful expressions of interest will be invited to submit a business case which is the second part of the process. At this stage we’ll start more in-depth discussions with those involved, offering help and support if needed as they work on their business cases at a pace that is right for them.

All business cases will be assessed, and we’ll inform each group or organisation whether or not it was compliant and we can start to work together towards transfer.

Communities will be kept informed as to the progress of this process in our libraries.