Community Managed Libraries


From May 2018 on a phased transfer, Direct Help and Advice and The Derby Law Centre will manage ten of Derby City Council's libraries as Community Managed Libraries (CMLs). CMLs are run by community and voluntary sector organisations and rely on volunteers from the local community to deliver core library services and a range of other services and activities. This ensures that local people have a say in what is needed and offered at their local library and can contribute to their success.

As a well-established local charity, Direct Help and Advice and The Derby Law Centre continuously looks to develop our services to address the growing needs of our communities and embed them locally to make them more accessible to people and this is why we opted to bid for the ten libraries.


We have formed a Community Libraries Partnership comprising of voluntary and public sector delivery partners who are supporting us in our mission to retain, expand and increase the diversity and uptake of library services in Derby. Community Action Derby is a key partner and is leading on the recruitment, training, support and retention of volunteers, whilst Citizens Advice South Derbyshire and City, another key partner has moved into Sinfin Library to deliver their services more locally whilst also supporting the delivery of library services through volunteers. Our other partners include Derbyshire Community Bank and the University of Derby and we are linking with new organisations all the time as the initiative progresses.

We are also setting up 'Friends of Libraries' Steering Groups for all ten libraries and membership is open to any individual from each local area who is interested or already involved in supporting the library. Action plans based on local consultation and the national priorities for libraries are being developed and implemented for each area to ensure each library responds to local need whilst continuing to provide core library services.

Progress update


Sinfin was the first library to be handed over to us and opened as a CML on 14th May, followed by Spondon library on 25th June and Allestree library on the 31st July.

Each of these Community Managed libraries has a dedicated group of volunteers and an active Steering Group who together are making a huge contribution to the success and sustainability of each library, by giving up their time and helping to engage and involve the local community in the design and delivery of services and activities to ensure they meet local need.

Additionally they are supporting the development of new business opportunities, helping to recruit new volunteers and supporting the marketing and publicity of library services.

Further libraries will follow as the project progresses and we will update our website with details once transfer dates have been confirmed.

We are working in close partnership with Derby City Council, to ensure our customers continue to receive a seamless library service across Derby, which includes access to an extensive range of books, e-books, audio books and computer facilities.

Sinfin Library Opening times

Monday 10am - 4.30pm
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday 10am- 4.30pm
Thursday 10am - 4.30pm
Friday 10am - 4.30pm
Saturday - Closed

Tel: 01332 295711

Citizens Advice Drop in Opening Times at Sinfin Library

Monday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm

Spondon Library Opening Times

Monday 10am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 10am - 4.30pm
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday 10am - 4.30pm
Friday 10am - 4.30pm
Saturday - Closed

Tel: 01332 662708

Allestree Library Opening Times

Monday - Closed
Tuesday 10am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 10am - 4.30pm
Thursday 10am - 4.30pm
Friday 10am - 4.30pm
Saturday - Closed

Tel: 01332 559761

Getting Involved and Volunteering

The success of any Community Managed Library depends very much on the support of residents, community and voluntary groups and local businesses. This might be by offering a few hours a week to volunteer, supporting the development of new services and activities, bringing your local knowledge to the table at a library steering group, using the library space to run your services and activities or offering sponsorship, funding or in kind support.

A comprehensive package of training and ongoing support is available for all volunteers who want to get involved. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to find out more about the volunteering opportunities, please contact:

Kate Richardson at Community Action Derby on 01332 346266 or email

Community Action Website:
Community Action Volunteering Facebook Page

Join a Steering Group

If you are interested in joining a Steering Group or finding out more about this opportunity please contact Heather Rabett at DHA/The Derby Law Centre on 07410142242 or email

Head of Service

The Head of Service for Libraries initiative at DHA/The Derby Law Centre is Suzanne Walker who can be contacted on 01332 287850 or by emailing

We would like to invite you to complete one or both of our library surveys (individuals or groups) by following the links below or by completing one of our hard copy surveys (available on request) so that library action plans are reflective of local needs and requests and so that volunteers can be recruited.

Resident Questionnaire:
Group Questionnaire:

Manage your Library Membership Online

Please follow the below links to manage your account online