Derby City Council is committed to ensuring a sustainable service is delivered in all ten of the proposed Community Managed Libraries (CMLs). One of the key 50 Council pledges is to protect Derby’s libraries from closure. This is an important part of the Council’s ambition to achieve a strong and resilient city and contributes towards its targets for raising the achievement and skills of local people in the future.

Voluntary organisations and individuals have already come forward to demonstrate their interest in helping to run and volunteer at one or more CMLs. Any interested individuals or groups who have not yet registered their interest can still do so. Anyone who registers will be supported to submit a full Expression of Interest application by midday, Monday 4th December.

Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at Derby City Council said,

“The success of Community Managed Libraries is one of our 50 pledges and Derby City Council is committed to supporting the local community to deliver a sustainable library service. We are passionate about protecting Derby libraries from closure and ensuring they thrive for many years to come for the benefit of local people”.

There is a range of financial support available to assist groups to run CMLs, including an annual grant fund of £175k to cover general expenses, such as property and running costs, which is guaranteed until March 2022. This represents an indicative amount of £17.5k per annum, although the actual grant amount awarded to each CML would be based on their business plan proposals. £55k of the annual grant fund will be ring-fenced for the purchase of new books and lending materials.

A pump-priming fund of £90k will also be available for CMLs to bid into for one-off expenses such as legal or set-up costs. In addition, Derby City Council will pay local infrastructure organisations up to £250 when they provide support for a local group that goes on to submit a full CML Expression of Interest.

Further details about the Expression of Interest process and the support available can be found on the inderby.org.uk/runalibrary website.