Run a library

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* Please note applications for CMLs are now closed *

A new opportunity for you and your library. 

Are you passionate about your local library? Now’s your chance to make a difference!

Ten Derby libraries are proposed to become community managed, as part of the Council's plans to safeguard them.

Whether you want to run things or just help out for a couple of hours a week, there's a role for you.

Take part in this opportunity to contribute to the future success of your library.

Information about running a Community Managed Library (CML)

Past briefing sessions

Friday 20 October at 12noon to 2pm

Monday 18 September at 10:30am, 2pm and 6pm
Tuesday 19 September at 11:30am, 2:30pm and 6pm

The process

Community groups or organisations are invited to SUBMIT AN APPLICATION to run one or more libraries by midday, Monday 4 December 2017.

* The Library information packs were updated on 3 November 2017 *

Support will be available to help groups develop their proposals.

Grant application forms

Click below to download the application forms relating to the Community Managed Libraries grant and pump priming fund.

Community-Managed Libraries presentation

If you are unable to attend the public briefings a copy of the presentation about Community Managed Libraries in Derby can be downloaded below.

Would you like to volunteer at a community managed library?

If you don't want to apply to run a library, but would like to volunteer at a community managed library, please complete the form below to register your interest.


If you'd like to request to view one of the ten libraries, outside normal opening hours, please download and submit the Viewing Request form.

Frequently asked questions

Got a question? Take a look at our CML frequently asked questions page to see if we have the answer. There’s also a form to submit your question if we haven’t answered it yet.

Latest news

Cabinet Reports on Strategic Libraries Review

Click below to download the Cabinet reports relating to the Community Managed Libraries proposals.