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Devon’s library service named one of Nesta’s national New Radicals

Posted on 17 Sep 2018

Libraries Unlimited, the charity responsible for running Devon and Torbay’s library service, has been named as one of the 50 most radical thinking individuals and organisations changing the UK for the better. New Radicals is a search led by Nesta (the innovation foundation) and The Observer to find the top people, projects and organisations offering … Continue reading

Popular Teignmouth eatery takes over the running of Newton Abbot’s library café

Posted on 12 Sep 2018

The café at Newton Abbot Library has been taken over by a well-known fine dining restaurant in nearby Teignmouth, and reopened its doors for the first time on Friday 7th September. The Owl and the Pussycat Restaurant has been a top dining destination in Teignmouth for 11 years and will now run The Coffee House … Continue reading

Discover. Create. Explore – artist call out

Posted on 29 Aug 2018

Libraries Unlimited is an independent staff and community owned charity, launched in April 2016. We run 54 libraries across Devon and Torbay, four mobile libraries and a range of other services including; two FabLabs, two Business and Intellectual Property Centres and three prison libraries. Our libraries serve communities across Devon and Torbay, providing access to … Continue reading

“Knowledge is power” says new South Molton Library Supervisor

Posted on 23 Aug 2018

South Molton Library has recently appointed a new library supervisor from within its dedicated team. Jane Petch, has taken on the management and day to day running of the Devon Libraries site. Jane, originally from South East London, settled just outside South Molton over 20 years ago, with her husband and two children and has … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited seeks new Chair with a passion and vision for libraries

Posted on 21 Aug 2018

Libraries Unlimited, the Devon-based charity responsible for running Devon and Torbay’s library services, is looking for a new Chair of the Board of Trustees. The charity has been led by Chair Julie Dent CBE since ‘spinning out’ of the local authority to become an independent organisation.  Julie has significant professional experience of managing and leading … Continue reading

School’s out, sun’s out, books out – hopes for a sizzling Summer Reading Challenge as hundreds of children sign up

Posted on 19 Jul 2018

A packed programme of events to encourage children to pack books along with snacks and sunscreen for all their summer activities has been launched across Devon and Torbay.  The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 has officially started across the 54 libraries in Devon and Torbay with well over 600 participants signed up on the first day. … Continue reading

#LoveLibraries – Celebrating our libraries and the people we serve

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At Libraries Unlimited we are incredibly proud of the difference we make to people’s lives on a daily basis. From buzzing bounce and rhyme sessions where parents and carers come together with their little ones, one to one IT sessions for those that aren’t confident with technology, creative workshops for children and young people to … Continue reading

Brand new Topsham Library opens its doors in Nancy Potter House Community Hub, alongside The Estuary League of Friends

Posted on 05 Jul 2018

Topsham Library, run by Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited, has moved to Topsham’s brand new community hub, Nancy Potter House, alongside The Estuary League of Friends. The multipurpose community hub, built by The Estuary League of Friends, will offer a wide range of services and activities for the local community, including the contemporary new library, a … Continue reading

Council consults on ways to improve library services to rural and isolated communities

Posted on 19 Jun 2018

Devon’s libraries attracted 2.7 million visits and welcomed over 135,000 regular library users last year. Devon County Council and charity Libraries Unlimited, which is commissioned to run Devon’s libraries, says the high visitor numbers are a reflection of the broad range of services that appeal to a variety of audiences. But while the diversity of … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited launches ‘Reading Well for mental health’ with titles by Matt Haig, Sathnam Sanghera and Ruby Wax

Posted on 05 Jun 2018

“Initiatives like this make people with mental health conditions and their carers feel less lonely.” Sathnam Sanghera (Reading Well author, The Boy with the Topknot) Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs Devon and Torbay’s library services, has today launched its new mental health reading initiative, in line with the national launch held in London. The … Continue reading

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…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.