Who, What and Why

The Role of SWRLS

The South Western Regional Library Service is a charity (2840720) working in the field of resource discovery and sharing and interlibrary lending in the South West of England and the Channel Islands. Its work is now mainly strategic, consisting of:

  • representing the interests of member libraries at a national level such as with The Combined Regions (TCR) and its working group, CONARLS;
  • co-ordinating data input to UnityUK, the union catalogue of The Combined Regions, and contributing to its technical development;
  • providing grants to encourage cross sector cooperative initiatives between members and supporting the individual personal development of staff working in member libraries by providing funding to attend training courses and conferences;
  • supporting and promoting the Newsplan project, preserving local newspapers on microfilm, within the South West;
  • supporting the Plymouth Music Service, ensuring that all member libraries have adequate access to sheet music;
  • providing training courses and working jointly with CilipSW and others, to identify and meet the development needs of members

SWRLS also 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.


A revised Constitution was approved at the AGM 2011 and can be seen here. The Board is currently reviewing the Constitution through the Fundamental Review process. This will be amended in early 2017.