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How-To Establish Common Libraries

We have developed a number of resources – which draw upon lessons learned from establishing The Waiting Room in Colchester – to help others interested in supporting community publishing.

Before you Begin…

Our tool-kit serves as a beginner’s guide to help you get started – whether you’re a

  • library service provider interested in forging links with creative individuals in your local area;
  • considering the introduction of a maker space in your library building; or
  • want to explore how to establish an integrated library-hack-makerspace.

We recommend you read the resources in order to get the most out of the tool-kit:

  1. What is a Common Library? know your Onions!
  2. Understanding the Landscapegetting to know the area that you operate in, its creative “scene”
  3. Mapping and Categorising Creativesbuilding a directory of local creatives
  4. Planning your Common Library – organising the space you have available to best effect
  5. Programming your first Eventprogramming, scheduling and promotion
  6. Building Local Partnerships with Groups, Sponsors and Retailersworking with existing groups, local retailers and sponsors to make your events a success
  7. Generating an Income business models, membership bodies, joint ventures & maker kits
  8. Growing your Common Library creating maker instructions and kits