New research exploring community involvement in library services in England

Arts Council England and the Local Government Association (LGA) have published new research into communities' involvement in library service delivery and management.

The report, Community libraries - Learning from experience: guiding principles for local authorities, provides a snapshot of the various ways communities are involved in library services in England.

It has been produced in partnership with the Cabinet Office, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Society of Chief Librarians.

The research indicates that in July 2012, five per cent of public libraries had some element of community involvement, and the findings indicate this figure could rise to around 12 per cent in the near future. The research also shows that 95 per cent of current community managed libraries are operating in partnership with their local authorities, and remain part of their local statutory provision.