Library staff

Getting your library on the map on National Libraries Day 2015

National Libraries Day is about ideas and people. What can you do to celebrate with your customers and encourage non-users to visit?

  • Could you put on a special event that gets people through the door – an author talk, a creative session with an illustrator, a party?
  • If your library is not open on Saturdays get involved by organising activities during the week running up to Saturday 7 February.
  • Can your staff  write blog posts about the library and what they do? Can your users write about how useful the service is to them?
  • Encourage staff & users to snap shelfies and post on social media with #NLD15. Ask them to upload to our Flickr pool

Check out the rest of this site where you can add events to the event map, upload news stories, photos and videos and don’t forget to keep us posted on social media.

Show off what you do

Encourage people to use your library and find out about all the services you offer. If you’re a public library, why not run ‘mini taster sessions’ of the services you provide throughout the week?

If you’re a university or commercial library why not go ‘open access’ for the day and show people what you do? Could you invite the decision makers in your organisation to the library for a personal tour?

Persuade people to ‘come in from the cold’ on National Libraries Day by offering warming drinks and cake/biscuits in your library building. Once they are in staff can tell them about all the great services you provide.

Library Treasures: organise a ‘treasure hunt’ by hiding clues around your library – the first one to solve the final clue wins a prize.

Membership drive

Run a membership campaign the month running up to National Libraries Day. Hand out flyers in your local pubs, community and shopping centres. You could even enter everyone who joins that week into a prize draw.

Who do you know?

Does a local celebrity support your library? Has your institution got high profile patrons or alumni? Why not get them involved, set up a signing, photo opportunity or talk/reading. Get them to tweet why your library is the best!

Contact your local MP and invite them to the library, perhaps they could run their surgery session in the library that week? Do you have a Women’s Institute near to you? Are they interested in getting involved? Why not ask them what they’d like to do? Find them via our library links.

Get creative

Anticipate the day by asking users to write on a post-it note why they love their library or librarian and then create a display.

If you have old photographs of your library, make a mini exhibition to act as a talking point and provoke nostalgic reminiscences.

Ask your users for ideas!

Remember to invite the press

If you’re running an event make sure you contact the local press and invite them along.. Let them know what is happening, when it will take place, who will be involved and if there will be a photo opportunity or if you will send photographs afterwards.

Feel free to use details from this press release sent to national media. Read Media Trust’s guide to writing a good press release.