Community Library Partnerships

A guidance document has been prepared to explain more fully how a Community Library Partnership works.

The provision and circulation of book stock and ICT equipment and technical support and volunteer training and supervision will continue to be provided by Somerset County Council for a Community Partnership Library. In addition to this core offer, funding for some communities – those that are likely to have more difficulty accessing alternative libraries, or where local needs are higher – is being provided to support the local community organisation taking on the management of their library.

For details on the financial contributions the County Council will be providing in addition to the ‘core offer’ listed in the document please see Appendix 5 in the Libraries Redesign Decision

Volunteer Role descriptions

The following national links may also be useful for people considering a community library partnership:

GOV.UK – Community Libraries Good Practice Toolkit

Community Libraries Network

Community Knowledge Hub