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From public to volunteer library provision in the UK: lesson to be learnt – one size does not fit all

Lookup NU author(s): Deborah Forbes, Gordon Macfadyen



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Policy Press, 2017.

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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’.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Forbes D, Findlay-King L, Macfadyen G, Nichols G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Voluntary Sector Review

Year: 2017

Volume: 8

Issue: 3

Pages: 343-353

Print publication date: 01/11/2017

Online publication date: 08/11/2017

Acceptance date: 25/08/2017

Date deposited: 21/11/2017

ISSN (print): 2040-8056

ISSN (electronic): 2040-8064

Publisher: Policy Press


DOI: 10.1332/204080517X15072789482055


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