This page will form a growing collection of resources for community managed libraries. Some of these resources come from our own workshops and webinars, for instance you can watch our past webinars online, other resources will come from sources within the sector such as other community managed libraries, the Society of Chief Librarians and Locality.

If you have any resources that you believe would be useful to add to this page then please contact us using the form on our blog or email

NCVO – A Toolkit for Micro Charities

The toolkit links directly to the Charity Governance Code. It uses the same principles but describes the kind of practice a micro organisation should aspire to implement. There are also links to lots of free tools and resources which can be used and adapted to implement the principles.
Click here to download toolkit

Credit NCVO: Find out more on on their blog.


Network Workshop Resources

Income Generation & Fundraising

Presentations for the workshop hosted by Mick McGrath from Locality Income Generation & Fundraising Workshop and Claire Robe from the Arts Council England Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants presentation

Legal & Governance

Handouts for our Legal and Governance Workshop hosted by Anthony Collins Solicitors (Nov 17) Legal and Governance Workshop PowerPoint

Further Resources

Telling you library’s story

The Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a storytelling manual is a guide for librarians and library advocates to support you in your advocacy efforts. The Library Map of the World (LMW) team have compiled some tips and useful information to help you write compelling stories about your library activities, projects and programmes, and their impact on communities.

‘Making the Most of your Library’ training package

This Arts Council England funded package, developed by Leicestershire Libraries in partnership with Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and co-created with volunteers, is for volunteers working in community managed or community led libraries. The training package can be downloaded from the SCL website

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

The general Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25th May 2018. This PowerPoint explores what GDPR means for you, what you need to know about GDPR and how to stay compliant What-you-need-to-know-about-GDPR-How-to-stay-compliant

Six short guides on GDPR have been published by the Fundraising Regulator and IoF. Access these guides here.

CILIP (The Library and Information Association) has now published a free guide to GDPR available here.

Safeguarding Children guidance

The Department for Education has published two pieces of statutory safeguarding guidance. These set the framework within which all practitioners should operate in order to protect children from abuse and neglect and promote their best interests, they are:

  • Revised Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance; and
  • Local Safeguarding – Transitional Arrangements statutory guidance.

And can be accessed at–2

Community Managed Libraries Peer Network Email Footer

Our aim is to give as many community managed libraries as possible access to the advice and support they need to run their libraries effectively. As part of this we have created an email footer that can be used by any of our network members to help other libraries learn about and understand what the network is. We would like as many network members as possible to use the footer and help other community managed libraries to benefit from the network. The network logo and text can be copied and pasted from here: Email footer_FINAL 18.01.17.

The Foundation of Social Improvement
In April 2007 philanthropist, Emma Harrison, saw the incredible contribution small charities make to the lives of millions, but was also aware that too many small charities were forced to close their doors, almost always due to lack of funds. She made the decision to start a charity that would give small charities the strategic support they need to keep their doors open and be there for millions of individuals, families, communities and other causes that desperately need their help.



The community asset transfer of libraries: considerations in community managed libraries taking a lease.

Forbes, D. and Nichols, G. (2020)!/file/Library-report-final-2020.pdf


If you think it is useful we’d really like you to promote it through your network.

Network Webinars

Back to Basics



Watch the webinar Back to Basics Webinar

View the handouts using PowerPoint Back to Basics

Business Planning

Watch the webinar Business Planning Webinar

View the handouts using PowerPoint Business Planning Webinar PowerPoint

Useful documents mentioned in the webinar:

Business Planning in a Nutshell Business nutshell template

Sample Business Plan Sample Community Library Business Plan PHCL

Community Asset Transfer

Watch the webinar Community Asset Transfer Webinar

Community Engagement & Volunteering

Watch the webinar Community Engagement & Volunteering Webinar

View the handouts using PowerPoint Community Engagement PowerPoint

Communications & Social Media

Watch the webinar Communications & Social Media Webinar

View the handouts: Communications & Social Media Webinar PowerPoint and Communications & Social Media Webinar Handout (with links to resources)

How to Succeed at Crowdfunding

Watch the webinar Crowdfunding Webinar

View the handouts:

Rebecca Trevalyan’s presentation

Article about gift aid and crowdfunding

Link to Crystal Palace Library of Things Video & Campaign

Link to Cricklewood Library Video & Campaign

Link to Forest Hill Library campaign

Measuring your Impact

Watch the webinar Measuring your Impact Webinar

View the handouts as a PDF Community Led Libraries Top Tools for Impact