Libraries Week

Work in progress

Libraries in the UK are loved, valued and were visited an astonishing 265 million times last year! Libraries are a vitally important public service, and each year hundreds of events are held to celebrate them. We are working on the National Libraries Day website to get it ready for Libraries Week – see our news below and check back soon for more.

The first Libraries Week to take place in October 2017

Discover something new at your library, 9 – 14 October 2017

CILIP, the UK’s library and information association, has today announced plans for the first Libraries Week, a week-long celebration of Britain’s much-loved libraries. Libraries will showcase the best they have to offer, encouraging people to discover what libraries can do for them on the week of October 9 to 14 2017

Libraries Week, 9 – 14 October 2017, will replace National Libraries Day, previously held in February. The countdown to the inaugural Libraries Week will launch on Saturday 4 February 2017 and libraries with activity already planned for 4 February 2017 are encouraged to continue with their plans as the transition to a new date gets underway.

Nick Poole, CILIP CEO said: "Libraries Week is an opportunity to celebrate the very best that libraries have to offer across the UK. During the second week in October, we want to ensure that as many people as possible are inspired to visit a library, discover what's on offer & encourage their friends & family to get involved.

"I am delighted that we have been able to respond to feedback from the library community by expanding from a single day to a week-long celebration of libraries, enabling us to include more partners and develop a really exciting programme for the public.

"CILIP and our national partners are committed to ensuring that Libraries Week receives widespread visibility and support. Whatever type of library you work in, we need you to join us and help ensure the success of Libraries Week."

More details about Libraries Week will be announced in February along with a call for UK libraries to sign up and commit to planning, delivering and locally promoting high quality co-ordinated experiences during Libraries Week.

The event is open to all types of library, with public libraries encouraged to showcase their strongest services and activities across themes such as digital, creative, family, inspirational, health, employment collection-based or education. Libraries can also become supporters, helping to promote Libraries Week in their region or service. There will be support for libraries to get the most from Libraries Week.

CILIP is encouraging library providers and heads of service to begin planning for Libraries Week as a key marketing activity and to consider applying for funding or working with local schools, companies and community groups to promote their activities, bring in new audiences and run an exciting programme during the second week of October.

Do you work in a library or library service? See this FAQ for more information about what the change means for you.


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