The Enterprising Libraries programme, a partnership between Arts Council England, the British Library and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), is looking to fund a number of projects in which libraries will use their role as community hubs to spark local economic growth and improve social mobility in communities across the country.


The first stage of the Enterprising Libraries programme will see the British Library, in partnership with the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), DCLG and the Arts Council, working with six core city libraries in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle, to establish a co-branded network of Business & IP Centres which will support the Government’s innovation-driven growth agenda. By developing these centres, the resources will be more widely available throughout the country.

This grant programme for local libraries is the second stage of the Enterprising Libraries project and will develop partnerships between local libraries who are successful in applying for this commissioned grant and core city libraries, thereby spreading business and intellectual property expertise into wider communities. 

For those libraries that receive funding through the Enterprising Libraries programme, the Business & IP Centre national network will provide a core support infrastructure, branding and expertise around, for example, database licenses, international and national company information, provision of networking areas, webinars and masterclasses. 

The successful libraries have now been announced. Find out more about the funded projects.