On 1 October 2011, Arts Council England assumed some of the functions of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

As part of their work to support museums, libraries and archives, the MLA built up a database of research resources, including evaluation reports, case studies and briefings.

You can still access the database in its entirety by visiting the archived webpages of the MLA.

The Arts Council has identified key items from the research database that are available for immediate download:

Community Engagement in Public Libraries - update (2011)

Capturing Outcomes of Hub Museums’ Sustainability Activities (2011):
Non-Renaissance case study report
Case study report
MLA final report

MLA Reference Online: a milestone report (2010)

Public library activity in the areas of health and well-being (2010):
Appendix A - summary of KOL interviews
Appendix B - evidence framework
Appendix C - survey of public library authorities
Appendix D - case studies
Phase two activity map
Final report

Community Engagement in Public Libraries: an evaluation as part of the Big lottery Fund Community libraries Programme (2010)

What do the public want from libraries? (2010):
User and non-user research - full report
Summary report of qualitative research
Summary report of quantitative research

Research Briefing 5: Effective use of volunteers

Research Briefing 4: Increasing Attendance and Participation

The Opportunity of Devolved Governance for Museums, Libraries and Archives (2010)