Libraries play important roles as meeting places; in developing learning; giving access to the internet; supporting literacy, and providing information to local residents on issues such as public health and finding jobs. The LGA is supporting the Libraries Task Force to implement free WIFI across public libraries.

The LGA and English Heritage are working with partners to help local historic environment services adapt, modernise and continue to improve at a time of budget reductions and a new approach to planning.

The LGA's priorities on libraries, archives and heritage are:
  • Steering the joint LGA / Department for Culture, Media and Sport Leadership for Libraries Taskforce, so that it supports the transformation of front line public libraries.
  • Working with Historic England and partners to maximise the contribution of heritage to creating places where people want to live, work and visit. 
  • Working with The National Archives and partners to promote the wider value of archives and share different delivery models.


If you have any queries or would like further information about our work on libraries, archives and heritage please contact:

Ian Leete

In this section


Issues affecting libraries.


Archives and heritage

Issues affecting archives and heritage (including museums and galleries).



LGA publications

LGA joint publications

Community libraries – learning from experience

22 January 2013

A joint Arts Council England and Local Government Association (LGA) report that looks at how communities are involved in library service delivery.

Other publications

Museums change lives

This publication outlines the vision of the Museums Association for the museums of the future.

Good practice guide for local heritage listing

This English Heritage publication shows how local heritage lists provide a unique opportunity for communities, in partnership with local authorities, to identify heritage assets that they wish to protect.

‘Common Futures' have produced a report called Common libraries about ways social enterprise can be explored in a library context.

‘Locality' has produced a report called Enabling enterprise in libraries which explores ideas, advice and guidance about ways libraries can (and can't) generate income.

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