Reader Development

The South West has a rich network of collaboration. There are public and academic library networks that crisscross the region. The following is not an exhaustive list but helps explain what networks exist for the purpose of developing and promoting reading for pleasure.

Libraries Connected - SW

This is a network of local authority library services in the South West that are represented by officers who are usually the lead on libraries. They meet quarterly and feed into a national network of public library authorities Libraries Connected. One of the offers from Libraries Connected is the Reading Offer overseen by the Books and Reading National Group which meets quarterly. The Group has representation from all regions.

Read SW Strategic Panel

This is the strategic regional panel for reader development work and includes representation from Libraries Connected - SW; SWRLS CIO; Literature Works; Read SW Task and Finish Group; ASCEL (Association of Senior Children's and Education Librarians); the Books and Reading National Group; and Arts Council England. It meets quarterly and is the steering and governance group for regional reader development projects. It develops ideas for reader development and is the contact group for work in the South West. The Panel also develops funding bids and identifies partners. The Chair feeds back to Libraries Connected - SW. For more information see

Read SW Task and Finish Group

This is a network of SW public library service staff involved in Reader Development. The chair attends the Read SW Strategic Panel. The Group provides support to funded projects and is connected virtually rather than meeting in person regularly.

Literature Works

Literature Works is the South West Literature Agency and was set up in 2009. It works to develop writers and authors, supports festivals, works with libraries, introduces audiences to new and emerging SW writers and is a contact point, through the Writers' Register and Writers' Academy, for venues to reach quality writers in the region. Literature Works is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England. SWRLS CIO works closely with Literature Works on various projects and promotions. For further details go to their website at or contact Literature Works on 01752 585073.

Reading Passport

Reading Passport is a partnership between SWRLS CIO and Literature Works, supported by Read South West. The website includes recommended reading, news and events to encourage and support the joy of reading. A recent development has been the launch of a Reading Passport app for reading ideas on the go.