From public to volunteer library provision in the UK: lesson to be learnt one size does not fit all
Forbes, Deborah; Findlay-King, Lindsay; Macfadyen, Gordon; Nichols, Geoff (2017)


This paper reports on research findings on the transfer of public library services to volunteer delivery in the UK between 2014 and 2016, as a result of austerity and budget cuts by local government. The research asked two key questions: are libraries sustainable after their transfer
and what lessons can be learnt from these transfers that will ensure success and sustainability? Initial findings indicate that cases in different locations vary and that ‘one size does not fit all’.


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