National Libraries Day is a great opportunity for libraries to showcase their work and bring new people through the doors. Here are some of the things you can do.
Get your library on the map
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?
- In 2015 National Libraries Day was held on a Saturday but, if your library is not open on Saturdays, get involved by organising activities during the week running up to the event.
- 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
When ready, add your activities to the event list and map on this website.
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.
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.
Don’t forget it’s an election year.
Many organisations and campaign groups can help you with information, tools and support to help you campaign for libraries in your area.
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.