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Professor William Harvey reveals his Desert Island Books

Posted on 15 Feb 2019

Professor William Harvey, Chair of the Board of trustees for Libraries Unlimited and Associate Dean of Research & Impact at the University of Exeter Business School, will reveal the top titles that he would take to a desert island, at an exclusive event at Exeter Library. Will will be in conversation with Exeter Library Centre … Continue reading

Round Table on Libraries and Health

Posted on 30 Jan 2019

Blog by Colin Bray, Service Development Manager for Health and Wellbeing I was delighted to recently attend the All-Parliamentary Group on Arts and Wellbeing Round Table focused on the important contribution libraries make to health. The Group is chaired by Lord Howarth of Newport, and contributors included Bob Gann Health Librarian and Digital Inclusion Specialist, … Continue reading

Uffculme Library extends opening hours

Posted on 29 Jan 2019

Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs Uffculme Library, and the Friends of Uffculme Library are pleased to announce that from Wednesday 13th February the library will open each Wednesday from 15:30 -17:30, extending it’s opening hours by more than 33% each week. The new session on Wednesdays means that the library will now be open … Continue reading

A new lease of life for Braunton’s Children’s Library

Posted on 28 Jan 2019

Braunton Library’s children’s area is set for a new lease of life thanks to a legacy donation left by a regular library user and fundraising efforts by the Friends of Braunton Library. The popular children’s library will undergo a full refurbishment, featuring a bright and vibrant makeover of the space, new shelving units designed for … Continue reading

MyLibrary hackathon

Posted on 16 Jan 2019

Libraries have always been democratic spaces, open to and used by everyone, but there’s more that can be done to ensure that our libraries are truly accessible and welcoming to all. We are excited to invite disabled, Deaf and non-disabled artists, thinkers, technologists, and arts and tech lovers to a 2 day hackathon looking at … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited Chief Executive receives Honorary Doctorate

Posted on 11 Jan 2019

Ciara Eastell, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, has today received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Sheffield. Ciara, who heads up the Devon-based charity that is responsible for running Devon and Torbay Libraries, studied librarianship at the University’s Information School in 1994. Since graduating, she has worked as a librarian in Gateshead, … Continue reading

Private Eye comes to Exeter Library

Posted on 10 Jan 2019

Nationally renowned cartoonist Tony Husband will be bringing some of his award-winning works to an exclusive exhibition at Exeter Library. Visitors to the library will be able to browse the exhibition ‘Tony Husband & 35 Years of Private Eye’ throughout the building, free of charge. The illustrations have been specially prepared for this display and … Continue reading

Libraries building happy, healthy communities with Active Life Active Mind

Posted on 17 Dec 2018

Those looking for new ways to get active this January can do so at their local library. During the month of January, 50 libraries across Devon and four libraries across Torbay will host events and activities designed to get people of all ages exercising their mind, body and soul. Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs … Continue reading

A message from our Chief Executive

Posted on 13 Dec 2018

Whilst it has been an incredibly hard decision to make, I have decided to leave my role as Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited. It has been a privilege to lead one of the country’s most innovative library services, but now is the time for me to step aside for a new Chief Executive to take … Continue reading

Library charity appoints University Professor as Chair of the Board of trustees

Posted on 26 Nov 2018

Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries, has appointed Professor William Harvey as Chair of the Board of trustees. Will, who takes up the role with immediate effect, is Associate Dean of Research & Impact and Professor of Management at the University of Exeter Business School. He conducts research, teaches and … Continue reading

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