Engaging Libraries is a programme supporting public libraries across the UK and Ireland to pilot creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Public libraries have a key role in delivering on health and wellbeing as outlined in national library strategies across the UK and Ireland and the Society of Chief Librarians’ (now Libraries Connected) Universal Health Offer.
The programme is a partnership between the Wellcome Trust and Carnegie UK Trust and is the outcome of joint work between the Wellcome Trust and the then Society of Chief Librarians. Engaging Libraries is intended to be a learning process for participants, the Trusts and broader public library sector.
Engaging Libraries offers participants:
- Funding to deliver a public engagement project on a health or wellbeing theme.
- A package of support from library and public engagement experts.
- A kick-starter day with the opportunity to share project ideas, get advice about public engagement and network with other Engaging Libraries partners.
- An external evaluation to ensure learning and experience can be shared more widely.
We supported 14 projects to complete activities between October 2017 and October 2018.
Our Engaging Libraries partners ran experimental and innovative projects. Click on the project name for more information.
- Release the Pressure: City of London
- #ExpressYourself: Essex
- Empathy Day: Jointly Essex, St. Helens, Libraries Unlimited in Devon and Sheffield Libraries
- The Final Party – Celebrating Death through Celebrations of Life: Redbridge
- Brainworks: East Dunbartonshire
- Talking ‘Bout Teddies: Dundee
- Great Minds!: Lancashire
- The Travelling Happiness Bar: Bolton
- Comics and Cosplay; Caring for Young Minds: Oldham
- Slipper Talk: Torfaen
- Teddy Bears Picnic: London Borough of Bexley
- Library Takeovers: Creating a Space for All: Somerset
- You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover: Norfolk
- Body, Image and Mind: Leeds