The Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network helps community managed libraries (CMLs) to run effectively and successfully by sharing ideas, learning, experiences and inspiration.
No one understands community managed libraries better than the people and communities who fought to retain their local libraries and related services their communities want and need. The Network is made up of such people! We are from the full spectrum of CMLs including independently funded to those who receive local authority support. Our primary members are trustees or people who work in community managed libraries but can also include those wishing to form a trust or community groups exploring the possibilities of CMLs.
We came into existence with support from the Upper Norwood Library Trust, Libraries Connected, Locality, the Libraries Taskforce and funding from Power to Change: the national network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful.
To help community managed libraries thrive in their communities.
We want community managed libraries to
- be aware of, and able to grasp opportunities such as funding and advice
- provide mutual support and learning
- operate as effectively as possible, to make them sustainable in the long term
What we do
- help community managed libraries to learn from each other, exchange information and good practice
- collaborate to run learning and networking events
- create and share resources of benefit to community managed libraries
- provide a voice to raise issues that matter to community managed libraries,
- draw on learning and good working practices from other peer networks
Please read our Theory of Change here.
Meet the Team
Chris comes from a library background with experience working in both local authority run libraries at Kent County Council as well as charitable community managed library settings. Chris spent 6 years managing the Upper Norwood Library Hub, with a focus on operational management, fundraising, project management, systems & communications and finance.
Chris has created and developed outreach programmes including cycling initiatives, fuel poverty and bereavement support, digital support, ESOL & intergenerational projects.
Get in touch with Chris: email@example.com
Regional Network Co-ordinator (North & North-Midlands)
Paul has been working in the field of community development, community led regeneration and cultural programming for the past 30 years including with Liverpool Housing Action Trust, Shelter and with Liverpool Biennial working on socially engaged arts commissioning.
Paul ran the Arts Service at Lancashire County Council for 5 years and then worked as Community Empowerment Manager with Community Gateway Association in Preston, the first mutual housing association in England. Most recently Paul worked to establish Breaking Ground, the new Liverpool City Region Community-led Housing Hub set up in 2020, as a network of 36 groups looking to develop 735 community owned homes.
Get in touch with Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org