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South Molton residents first in the south west to experience new ‘Magic Table’ during Dementia Awareness Week

Posted on 03 May 2019

Residents of South Molton are invited to enjoy a little magic this Dementia Awareness Week, as South Molton Library hosts a celebratory event to launch its new Magic Table. Thanks to a partnership between the library, the South Molton Dementia Alliance and South Molton Rotary Club and funding support from Home Instead Senior Care, The … Continue reading

2019 UK-China Library Forum

Posted on 29 Apr 2019

Blog By Ciara Eastell, former Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited I recently participated in the 2019 UK-China Library Forum, along with public library colleagues from across England and Scotland.  The conference, which took place in Chengdu in China, was part of a partnership between the British Library and the National Library of China. Public libraries … Continue reading

Pop-up exhibition on the act of writing comes to Exeter Library, inspired by Writing: Making Your Mark at the British Library

Posted on 25 Apr 2019

On Friday 26 April 2019, pop-up exhibitions on the origins, means and future of writing will simultaneously launch in over 20 partner libraries around the UK, including at Exeter Library, in tandem with the opening of Writing: Making Your Mark at the British Library in London. Through images of carved stone inscriptions, medieval manuscripts and … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited welcomes new trustees

Posted on 23 Apr 2019

Libraries Unlimited, the charity responsible for running Devon and Torbay libraries, has welcomed two new independent trustees to its Board. Sarah O’Brien, External Affairs Advisor at the National Trust and IT and publishing sector specialist George Lossius were appointed to the Board of trustees this month. They join a number of independent trustees as well … Continue reading

One of Devon’s librarians has gone missing

Posted on 16 Apr 2019

This Easter, Libraries Unlimited invites young people to help in the search for a missing Devon librarian. Exeter, St Thomas and Topsham libraries are looking for people aged 12 and over (or younger, if accompanied by an adult) to help solve the mystery of The Lost Librarian, as part of a fun and interactive puzzle … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited Gender Pay Gap as at 5th April 2018

Posted on 04 Apr 2019

As an organisation with more than 250 employees, we are legally required to comply with the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 and publish Gender Pay Gap (GPG) reporting information on an annual basis. As at 5th April 2018, we had 468 roles with 400 filled by women and 68 filled … Continue reading

British Library launches Living Knowledge Network with Libraries Unlimited and public library partners

Posted on 02 Apr 2019

The British Library, along with 22 public library partners, including Libraries Unlimited and the national libraries of Scotland and Wales, is today launching the Living Knowledge Network, following the success of a two-year pilot phase funded by Arts Council England. The nationwide partnership has been developed by the British Library in collaboration with the National … Continue reading

Storybook Dads receives donation from libraries

Posted on 01 Apr 2019

Storybook Dads, the Devon-based charity that works to support prisoners in maintaining relationships with their children through stories and reading, has received £1,000 from fellow charity Libraries Unlimited. Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, Ciara Eastell OBE and Vice Chair of the Board of trustees, David Lockwood, visited the charity at its headquarters at Her Majesty’s … Continue reading

Welcoming Alex Kittow as our new Chief Executive

Posted on 11 Mar 2019

We are thrilled to announce Alex Kittow as our new Chief Executive, from 1st June 2019. Alex is currently Chief Executive of Bristol-based charity Southmead Development Trust and will succeed Libraries Unlimited’s founding Chief Executive, Ciara Eastell OBE, to oversee the running of our 54 libraries and four mobile libraries across Devon and Torbay. Alex … Continue reading

Behind the scenes at Exeter Library

Posted on 08 Mar 2019

Blog by David Barber, Chair of the Friends of Ottery St Mary Library Our Friends Group thought it would be a good idea if we could get some idea of some of the workings behind the scenes of Libraries Unlimited’s HQ at Exeter Library.  We first discussed it with our Library Supervisor who went along … Continue reading

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