Find out more about how we work with our partners to support and develop libraries across England
Arts Council England is the development agency for libraries in England. Our focus is on public libraries, which operate within a wider framework of library provision and local and national government services.
More than a house for books
We’ve commissioned a series of three podcasts to highlight the important role libraries play in our communities.Listen now
It is our view that there is a clear, compelling and continuing need for a publicly funded library service. Public libraries are trusted spaces, free to enter and open to all. In them, people can explore and share reading, information, knowledge and culture. We know that libraries play a broad role in their communities, and we take particular interest in the ways that library spaces can be used to connect the public with other cultural activities.
Libraries contribute to the wider goals of both national and local government, as well as the communities that they serve. We work with the leaders of library services and other partners to shape what we hope our libraries in England will look like in the future.
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Learn about key programmes with digital technology, children and young people and more
Research to help us understand the future for libraries, and how we can enable them to develop
Supporting projects that develop innovative library service activity
Listen to our podcast: Neil Gaiman talks to Toby Litt about libraries and librarians
Read our #libraryletters for National Libraries Day and show your support for libraries
Latest news, blog posts and case studies
More than a thousand libraries will benefit from new WiFi and better connections thanks to our Public Libraries in England fund
Why ‘Free WiFi’ isn’t always free, and how libraries across the country are going above and beyond to get us online
New research and existing data shows the impact on communities.
From 2018-22 we'll invest £283.6 million across the Midlands
Arts Council funding supporting activity in the North's public libraries which benefits disadvantaged people and places
A bumper three-day fiesta of arts, crafts and creativity starts this weekend