Bringing ideas, imagination, information and knowledge to people’s lives and communities


Library charity broadens expert leadership skills as it appoints two new independent trustees

Posted on 14 Feb 2018

Libraries Unlimited has appointed two new independent trustees to its Board following an open recruitment process. Richard Watts and Morgen Witzel will officially join the charity’s Board in February. As a mutual organisation, Libraries Unlimited has a Board of 11 trustees, made up of independent, staff and community trustees, whose role it is to help shape … Continue reading

The elephant in the room at Barnstaple Library’s brand new FabLab

Posted on 01 Feb 2018

Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs Devon’s libraries is excited to announce the opening of Devon Libraries’ second FabLab at Barnstaple Library on Thursday 15th February. FabLab Devon is an open-access community space offering digital and design equipment for anybody to use, invent and make almost anything. The launch will be open to members of … Continue reading

Exciting new future for Torbay’s libraries

Posted on 08 Dec 2017

Torbay Libraries are facing a bright new future following the announcement that from April 2018, the libraries will be run by Devon-based charity, Libraries Unlimited, on behalf of Torbay Council. The decision was made at last night’s Council meeting following an official tender exercise, with Libraries Unlimited being appointed the preferred provider thanks to their … Continue reading

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

Libraries Unlimited believes…

…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.