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If you are working with a public library service, or thinking about it, then this funding scheme may be of interest. Please note that the application has to be led and made by the library.

Engaging Libraries Phase 2 will support public libraries to run public engagement activities on research within the themes of health, society and culture. It will help to facilitate partnerships between public libraries and researchers, and spark people’s curiosity around topics that are relevant or interesting to them. The programme is a partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation.


The scheme offers two levels of funding:

  • £12k – £25k if you are applying as a single library service
  • £12k – £50k if you are submitting a joint application

Engaging Libraries Phase 2 has three core aims. The programme aims to:

  1. Energise and empower people through engagement with research about health, society and culture in one of the following ways:
  • Enable people to access, use and respond to research
  • Enable people to value and think critically about research
  • Enable people to play a role in formulating research
  1. Enable public libraries to build upon and explore their civic role as safe spaces for participation and engagement with research.
  2. Facilitate partnerships between public libraries and universities or Independent Research Organisations (IROs).

Find out more and apply