Libraries, archives and heritage

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).