Engaging Libraries Phase 2 is an 18-month programme that will support public libraries to run public engagement activities on research within the themes of health, society and culture. It aims to help facilitate partnerships between public libraries and researchers, and spark people’s curiosity about topics that are relevant or interesting to them. The programme is a partnership between Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation.
Applications to Engaging Libraries Phase 2 can be made by a library service or group of library services.
Applications from those working outside the library sector cannot be accepted as our intention is for the projects to be library-led. You can apply with a brand new idea, adapt an idea that you have trialled before, or scale-up an existing project or activity. The programme is open to applicants at various stages of the development process: you might have the beginnings of an idea, but no partnership in place, or you might have a partnership and a well-formed idea and project plan.
A collaborative approach in project development and delivery is a key element of the programme. There is a specific requirement for projects to partner with a researcher or research team at a university. The programme also encourages public libraries to think about possible partnerships with, for example, local charities, schools, health professionals, artists or musicians to develop creative ways of engaging communities with these themes.