Basic public library data published by Taskforce

Open Data

Data about public libraries in England has been made available by the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce six months after it was originally intended for publication.

The data includes the name, address, website and contact email for public libraries that were open at 1st July 2016. This basic data set that does not include all the information collected from public library providers in the summer of 2016.

Nick Poole CILIP Chief Executive said, “Reliable, open data about public libraries is the bedrock for good decision making. Having open data that can be examined and laid across other data-sets such as transport links, health information, urban infrastructure, education and socio-economic status will enormously contribute to effectively managing and developing library services.

“While the publication of this data is welcome the lack of a full dataset including opening times and number of staffed hours is disappointing. I look forward to working with the Taskforce to expedite the publication of a full data set.“

The publication follows pressure from opposition politicians and CILIP. CILIP submitted an Freedom of Information request to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in January 2017 requesting the release of the data.

The Taskforce are looking for input to help develop a core dataset for public libraries, building on previous consultation and workshops. The survey takes about 20-25 minutes to complete. If there are problems viewing the survey please email It closes on Friday 28 April.


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