The Brief

Engaging Libraries logoEngaging Libraries is a programme for public libraries across the UK and Ireland that want 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’ 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 Society of Chief Librarians.


The programme

Engaging Libraries offers:

  • £5,000 – £15,000 to deliver a public engagement project on a health or wellbeing theme. While most applications are expected to fall within this bracket, there is an opportunity to request up to £25,000 for more ambitious projects
  • A package of support from library and public engagement experts
  • Kick-starter day with the opportunity to share project ideas, get advice about public engagement and support to think about your evaluation. There will also be the chance to meet other projects.
  • An external evaluation to ensure learning and experience can be shared more widely.

We are supporting 14 projects to complete activities between October 2017 and October 2018.



Experimental and innovative projects are welcomed and activities can be playful or serious. The programme is intended to be a learning process for all involved, not just for participants, but for the Trusts and broader public library sector.


Programme Portfolio

The projects that will be participating in the Engaging Libraries programme are as follows.  Click on the project name for more information.

Speak To

Rachel Heydecker

Georgina Bowyer

Jenny Peachey

Andy Wright

Public engagement involves creating an opportunity for people to consider, participate and debate ideas. It is two-way process, which may involve activities like participation, conversation, interaction and listening. It can take many forms but is often made up of projects, activities or events.




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