From April 2016, Devon’s Libraries will be run by Libraries Unlimited, a new and independent organisation, established with the support of Devon County Council following extensive public consultation on the future of the library service.

Libraries Unlimited will:

  • promote and encourage a love of reading
  • provide free access to information to help people in their everyday lives
  • support people of all ages to learn, imagine, create, succeed and realise  their potential
  • guide and support library users to explore and connect to the wider world
  • offer a welcoming space to meet, socialise, learn, read and enjoy new experiences
  • support the health and wellbeing of individuals and local communities

Ciara Eastell, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, explains:


Ciara Eastell, CEO Libraries Unlimited“Devon is proud of its award winning library service, which is highly regarded as one of the best and most innovative in the country at adapting and developing in response to community needs.

Libraries Unlimited is committed to continuing this excellent track record and providing a modern, vibrant and sustainable library service.  Bringing ideas, imagination, information and knowledge to communities and people’s lives is our vision and one which our staff, Friends Groups and Board of Trustees are committed to.

As a new and independent organisation, Libraries Unlimited, offers the opportunity for greater community involvement and will give individual libraries more flexibility, focus and opportunity to work collaboratively with customers, communities and partners to deliver a service that meets local need.

Libraries play an important role at the very heart of our communities and by working together we can realise our shared ambition to deliver a strong and sustainable model for the future of Devon’s library service.”


Keep up to date with how the project is progressing by visiting the latest news page, or find out more about our community pilots and how you could get involved and support your local library. We’ve provided answers to lots of the questions you’ve asked so far, and will continue to share information as the project develops.

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We are always keen to hear from you, so if you have any comments or ideas you would like to share, please get in touch.