Carnegie UK and Libraries Connected have developed a new toolkit through learning from the Engaging Libraries programme.

Engaging the public with research: a toolkit for higher education and library partnerships is an interactive online toolkit for public libraries to encourage partnerships with higher education institutions and public engagement with research.

The toolkit outlines the benefits for libraries and HEIs, provides inspiration for project ideas and gives pointers for where to find funding. It also gives advice about approaching HEIs to work in partnership.

The Engaging Libraries Programme

Engaging the Public with Research: A ToolkitLibraries can also find in the toolkit: 

  • Case studies
  • A 3-step guide to stating public engagement activities in libraries
  • A map of Higher Education Institutions who are interested in partnership with libraries

The new toolkit is based on the findings of the Engaging Libraries programme which Carnegie UK ran in partnership with Wellcome, and the Wolfson Foundation from 2019.

Engaging Libraries supported public libraries across the UK to develop and deliver public engagement activities on health, society, and culture.

From 2019 the Engaging Libraries programme focused on public engagement with research, with public libraries partnering with universities to deliver a range of public engagement activities.

Four of the resulting projects involved Scottish library services – OnFife Libraries, Glasgow Life Libraries, Western Isles Libraries and West Lothian Libraries

The new toolkit was informed by a Steering Group of library and HEI sector representatives which included SLIC, Arts Council England, NCCPE, Research England, Engaging Libraries project staff.

You can access Engaging the public with research: a toolkit for higher education and library partnerships on the Libraries Connected website.