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.
Funding opportunities for libraries
Public libraries are funded by local authorities, but you can find out about additional funding available through our programmes like Grants for the Arts Libraries.Find out more
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
We’ve announced funding for 30 innovative projects to help tackle disadvantage in libraries across England.
London’s libraries are using more and more innovative ways to engage with and help their communities.
Laura Venning on how we can get better at evaluating projects that encourage reading
The culinary tastes of a Black Country town are going on tour as a new exhibition by photographer Liz Hingley goes on display.
ExploraTale: Bringing books to life for early years families in Devon
Brian Ashley, our Libraries Director, blogs about how our new fund is going to help libraries be life-changing