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
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Latest news, blog posts and case studies
Why ‘Free WiFi’ isn’t always free, and how libraries across the country are going above and beyond to get us online
Brian Ashley, our Libraries Director, blogs about how our new fund is going to help libraries be life-changing
We're opening a new fund to support innovative activity in England’s public libraries
Libraries in Gloucestershire will be developing the creative skills of children and young people through an ambitious new programme called the Art of Libraries.
Scary Little Girls are bringing comedy, drama, music and storytelling to Cornish libraries this autumn.
For 10 years, the British Library has been providing free support to start-ups and inventors across the country through its Business and IP Centre.