Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Mainstreaming empowerment across Brighton and Hove

Residents' involvement in the design of a small branch library on the outskirts of Brighton has been an inspiration for the LSP. This case study shows how the council, along with other partners across the city, has developed a city-wide approach to engagement activities.

Library service redesign - North Yorkshire County Council

Following an extensive period of public consultation in 2014/15 about proposed changes to the North Yorkshire County Council Library Service the decision was made in July 2015 to implement the strategy.

Peterborough's 'Open+'

Peterborough's 'Open+' initiative allows all ten of their libraries remain open, and for longer hours than they were before. They have achieved this using technology called Open+ from Bibliotheca which allows Peterborough to keep their libraries open with no staff at particular times.

Efficiency and income generation

A mutual delivery model of library services at Devon County Council

Devon County Council has set up an independent staff- and community-owned social enterprise to run the county’s library service.

Developing First World War centennial commemorations in Staffordshire

Staffordshire’s Great War commemorations are bringing the momentous events of this period to life through events, exhibitions and activities.

A new delivery model for Peterborough City Council's library service

In Peterborough, a new delivery model for the city’s library service has reduced its cost by over 20 per cent while increasing public access by 50 per cent.

Efficiency and income generation

‘Explore York Libraries and Archives Mutual’ – an industrial and provident society with charitable status

Explore is a mutual organisation which runs library services on behalf of the City of York Council.

Efficiency and income generation

Suffolk library service

Suffolk’s library service is provided by an industrial and provident society, with Suffolk County Council’s role as expert commissioner.

Manchester City Council – The Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre

The Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre opened in February 2016 – a new-build, combined facility in Levenshulme, which cost £9.1 million.

Bradford City Council – planning public library services to meet local needs

In 2013, Bradford Libraries commissioned a review of its library service. This was a major piece of work and involved considerable consultation with library users and non-users and other stakeholders.