Who, What and Why

The role of SWRLS and benefits of membership

Uniting, inspiring and collaborating across libraries, information services and cultural organisations in the South West.

The South Western Regional Library Service is a charity (2840720) working in the field of resource discovery and sharing and inter library lending in the South West of England and the Channel Islands. Its work is now mainly strategic and a membership offer has been developed:

The SWRLS offer:

Taking a strategic and partnership approach to serving our communities by developing staff, services and resources that are inclusive, sustainable and enhance learning, we will offer five main areas of work to our members:

  • Networking: brokering services, access to key contacts, support and expertise and the provision of an information exchange and advice through the members' only section of the website. Two members networking days are held each year - one in the spring and one in the autumn - with a wide range of speakers reflecting the latest developments and thinking in the sector and sharing best practice;
  • Workforce development: competitively priced training events are organised, covering a range of topics and venues to suit all levels of staff and all types of library service. We aspire to provide on-line training to ensure event greater access;
  • Grants: all member library services have access to the Grant Scheme to support cross sector initiatives and individual training opportunities. Grants range from £200 - £10,000;
  • Interlibray loans: access to the rich range of resources held in members' libraries. As well as books, journal articles and e-resources will be available through the scheme. Guidelines will be drawn up to provide a policy framework to which all members will feel able to lend and borrow for free to each other;
  • Strategic partnerships: seeking out and encouraging appropriate partnerships to enhance the offer to members, contributing to the provision of cost effective and value for money services. SWRLS co-operates with other appropriate cultural agencies, such as Literature Works and Arts Council, England SW and advises them on library matters in the SW.