Community Managed Libraries

Cutbacks in public spending in recent years have brought back the debate of the Community Managed Libraries, delivered by volunteers rather than paid staff. Though “widely considered in the literature to be bad practice”, arguments have been made on both sides.

Mike Cavanagh, Head of Cultural Services at Pembrokeshire County Council, has carried out a study between 2012 and 2014 exploring “the effectiveness of community managed libraries in England”.

 You can find a Summary Report of this study here:

Are Community Managed Libraries Effective?

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