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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

New research into the value of public libraries released

Posted on 07 Mar 2019

New approaches and models for generating increased value for libraries and local communities have today been revealed by the University of Exeter Business School in conjunction with Libraries Unlimited. It is hoped that this unique understanding of the relationship between social and financial value, published in a new research report titled Unlimited Value, will help … Continue reading

Libraries join the fight against hygiene poverty by partnering with Beauty Banks

Posted on 04 Mar 2019

37% of people in Britain go without hygiene or grooming essentials every day. (Source: In Kind Direct 2017 survey) Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs libraries across Devon and Torbay, is joining the fight against hygiene poverty as it announces a new partnership with fellow Nesta New Radical; Beauty Banks. Beauty Banks is a people … Continue reading

Invitation to tender: Evolve Evaluation

Posted on 26 Feb 2019

  Invitation to tender for evaluation on Evolve Arts Council England National Portfolio activity: Libraries Unlimited became a National Portfolio Organisation in April 2018, one of only six library services in the country. We now wish to appoint an external evaluator to provide evaluation through the duration of the current outputs until end of May … Continue reading

A Good Age – Change in my time

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    Guest blog by: Philippa de Burlet, Education Manager at  Devon Guild of Craftsmen  The ‘A Good Age’ project is about creativity and age. Recent research carried out by Age UK shows that an essential part of remaining active and positive in old age is to lead a life that encompasses social and creative … Continue reading

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