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Libraries Change Lives Award 2018 Shortlist

Libraries Change Lives Award 2018 Shortlist

Three library services in Glasgow, Kirklees and Newcastle have been shortlisted for the CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award for excellence and innovation in UK libraries. From helping people to get online and access essential digital services, to providing critical financial and legal advice, and bringing the joy of books to adults and children with learning difficulties through multisensory storytelling, these three projects showcase how libraries make a positive impact in communities across the country.


Glasgow Libraries have brought the central Citizen’s Advice Bureau into one of the UK’s busiest libraries, the Mitchell Library. The library team and the Bureau have focused “inreach” on library customers that were in need of information and advice on a range of issues including financial and debt problems, and employment and legal difficulties. The library staff have found that working with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau has created opportunities to provide more support and advice to people experiencing homelessness.



Kirklees Libraries’ Well into Words: Sensory is a project which uses a multisensory approach to storytelling, making the classics accessible to a diverse range of groups including people with learning difficulties, visual impairments and those living with dementia. Using objects, sounds and smells for an immersive experience, the project facilitates an understanding of the (sometimes challenging) themes contained within classic books, stories and poems. This approach opens up literature to many who would find a traditional book format challenging or impossible.



Newcastle Libraries have formed the Get Online Newcastle partnership with Your Homes Newcastle to provide digital training to local residents. The project has so far changed the lives of over 1,800 residents, helping them to access and use the internet, and develop their skills and confidence using devices. Get Online Newcastle started by training social housing tenants to provide digital skills support in their communities, and has expanded to include weekly digital skills courses and training to charity and community organisations which are delivered out of libraries across the City.



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