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Open Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Libraries Deliver campaign is asking library supporters, advocates, and campaigners across England to join us as signatories to our Open Letter to the Chancellor prior to the next spending round review. Only by standing together and asking for our priorities to be considered will our voices be heard. Please review the Open Letter and add your name today. 

Small Businesses and Libraries- A Perfect Partnership

According to a 2018 World Bank Survey, the UK is one of the best places in the world to start a business, with over a thousand new businesses being launched every day. Yet for all of this economic opportunity, more than a third of these enterprises will close their doors for good within three years.

Libraries are at the Forefront of Today’s Digital Skills

The government’s Digital Inclusion Strategy laid out ways that individuals and organisations both use digital, online, and internet tools in different ways.

Entrepreneurs’ Library Stories

We all think we know that libraries are quiet and peaceful places, home to books for readers of all ages.

Libraries, Business Starts, and the High Street

Libraries can be a catalyst for regeneration and contribute to vibrant high streets. Libraries can help businesses start and grow, creating new jobs, and providing access to start-up spaces, advice and resources. 

About Libraries Deliver

In an effort to raise awareness and make a meaningful, long-term impact on the future of library funding, The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the EveryLibrary Institute are proud to launch LibrariesDeliver, an advocacy campaign that connects people from across England in support of their libraries thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

Gateshead Library Support Economy and Employment Growth

Gateshead library services’ programme of work supporting jobseekers in libraries contributes to the council’s portfolio for economy and employment support.

English Libraries Support Mental Health

Suffolk libraries’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Service (MHIS) supports several areas of the Suffolk county council’s joint health and wellbeing strategy. This includes aiding prevention of ill health and mental ill health by encouraging Suffolk residents to become more active, and lead healthier lives with a better understanding of the links between physical and mental health.

What Do Libraries Have to Offer English Residents?

Public libraries are a unique and valued public service. 

A 2015 online poll showed that 90% of respondents felt their library service should be protected, whether or not they themselves were a regular user.