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Devon Libraries users to benefit from new library system

Posted on 21 Nov 2017

Library users across Devon can look forward to a more modern, user-friendly and improved library service thanks to a new library system and website. Libraries Unlimited, the charity responsible for running Devon’s libraries, and Devon County Council, have been working on the major improvement programme over the past few years, and the system is now … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited Chief Exec picks up OBE Honours

Posted on 20 Nov 2017

Ciara Eastell, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, has been presented with her OBE Honours by Prince William during a Royal ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Ciara, who heads up the charity that is responsible for running Devon Libraries, was named in the Queen’s New Year Honours in December last year for her services to public libraries. … Continue reading

Library leaders fly in for Libraries Unlimited staff culture conference

Posted on 10 Nov 2017

National library leaders made their way to Devon last week to take part in Libraries Unlimited’s first ever staff conference, celebrating and exploring the role that libraries have to play in arts and culture. The line-up saw an impressive range of library sector spokespeople travel from across the UK to take centre stage at the … Continue reading

Leaders join forces to plan next steps for innovating and enhancing public library services

Posted on 13 Oct 2017

Leaders from a diverse range of sectors came together at ‘Leading practice in unlimited value creation’, an Action Research Summit at the University of Exeter last week, to discuss how library services and other social enterprises and charities can better understand their social impact, and use it to ensure financial sustainability. The Summit was hosted … Continue reading

Award-winning authors named as first official Libraries Unlimited Patrons

Posted on 09 Oct 2017

As libraries across the country celebrate National Libraries Week 2017 from 9th – 14th October, critically acclaimed authors, Michael Morpurgo and Stella Duffy, have been named as the first Patrons Libraries Unlimited. The authors, both of whom have been awarded an OBE for services to literature and services to the arts respectively, will support Libraries … Continue reading

Summer reading success makes way for autumn ‘Active Life’ campaign

Posted on 03 Oct 2017

The results from this year’s Summer Reading Challenge have been revealed, coinciding with the launch of the 2017 Active Life Active Mind programme of library events throughout October. The 2017 Summer Reading Challenge saw an impressive 10,522 children in Devon aged between four and eleven sign up to read six books during the summer holidays. … Continue reading

Introducing Tabitha Witherick, Service Delivery Manager

Posted on 29 Aug 2017

Tabitha Witherick has recently joined Libraries Unlimited as Service Delivery Manager for Torridge, North, Mid and East Devon. Tabitha has worked in libraries for 17 years, most recently in Somerset Libraries as Service Manager – Development and North Somerset as Lead Librarian. She will be working with library teams across the county enabling front-line staff … Continue reading

BBC launches new Weather Watchers Guide at Exeter Library

Posted on 11 Aug 2017

The BBC has launched a new guide for BBC Weather Watchers in partnership with independent think tank Doteveryone and Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited. At a launch event held at Exeter Library on Thursday 10th August, Bill Thompson and Olivia Lockyer from the BBC’s Make it Digital team unveiled a sixteen-page printed guide, Getting online with … Continue reading

Northam and Appledore summer readers get an extra boost from Asda Community Foundation

Posted on 26 Jul 2017

Asda Community Foundation has supported the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge at Northam and Appledore Library, by donating children’s goodie bags filled with a range of treats. The two libraries, run by Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited, have been giving out free goodie bags to all children that sign up to this year’s challenge, thanks to a … Continue reading

Exeter’s Real Food Company take over Exeter Library Cafe

Posted on 25 Jul 2017

Exeter’s Real Food Company have taken over the running of the popular cafe at Exeter Library, as they expand their presence within the city. The bustling Exeter Library, which has around 2,000 visitors a day, became home to the Real Food Cafe on Saturday 8th July, providing Library users and city centre shoppers with the … Continue reading

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