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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Libraries of Sanctuary: Changing perceptions of refugees in Southampton

This case study explains how Southampton City Libraries became a Library of Sanctuary in October 2020. This case study explains how Southampton City Libraries became a Library of Sanctuary in October 2020. This case study forms part of the Culture Hub.

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure - Fit, Fed and Read

The programme aims to tackle holiday hunger, isolation, and inactivity during the school holidays. It focuses on children aged 5 to 11 years old who are eligible for free school meals. Children are referred to the programme by their schools and other agencies. This case study is part of the achieving efficiencies section of our online culture hub.

Efficiency and income generation

Using libraries to promote healthy living

​​​​​​​Norfolk County Council is using its libraries to promote healthy living and target some of the most pressing health priorities for the local population.

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.

Suffolk library service

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

‘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

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

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.