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Fulfilling their Potential


In the North West there are:

  • 22 public library services
  • 15 universities and higher education colleges with one or more libraries each
  • 64 further education colleges with library services
  • more than 50 health libraries
  • a large number of libraries in a variety of businesses and organisations

Libraries are at the heart of the community, school, university, college or business that they serve. From introducing toddler’s to books, to developing new ways of online learning and information management, libraries are key to the cultural, educational and economic success of the North West. Anyone who ever worked on a dissertation discussion chapter would know how much easier it is when you have the right materials at hand.

The government’s national strategy for public libraries, Framework for the Future, was published by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2003. We are working with public libraries in the North West and with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) to deliver the key objectives of this strategy.

We work in partnership with a number of groups representing libraries in the North West, including the North West Academic Libraries group (NoWAL), the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), and the North West Health Care Libraries Unit.

For more information, see:

INSPIRE (Information Sharing Partners in Resources for Education) is a national initiative to promote and facilitate access to libraries of all kinds, including higher education, public and national libraries.
Time to Read
Time To Read is the regional network to promote reading through the public library network. The focus is on working with adults, as opposed to children.
Fulfilling Their Potential
Fulfilling their Potential is helping libraries connect with a wide range of local partners to engage with as many young people as possible across England. Fulfilling their Potential is run by The Reading Agency and managed by a steering group with representatives from young people, The National Youth Agency, MLA Council, The Association of Senior Childrens and Education Librarians and The Society of Chief Librarians.

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Related Links:

Community Engagement and Local Libraries Programme 

Framework for the Future Report 

HERO website for academic libraries 

MLA activities for Framework for the Future[@stateId_eq_left_hand_root]/@id=4332 

National Library for Health 

The UK Public Libraries Page 

St George's Hall, Liverpool Stockton Heath Library
Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

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