Library Research Contract

Library Research Contract

Community Managed Libraries Research and Guidance.

Reference number: ACE-2012-005

Deadline date:28/06/2012

This deadline is for… Receipt of tender proposalsContract value:£38,000 – £50,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: England

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Arts Council England


Description of the contract

Arts Council England are working with the Local Government Association (LGA), the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to create a new information and support resource for officers and service planners who are considering creating community supported or community managed libraries in their areas. We require a supplier to update the existing guidance (see Appendix 1), develop a number of case studies and work with our partners to plan and deliver learning materials and events for the sector. In this context, a new information and support resource about community libraries in both urban and rural locations, is required which will: • support local authorities who are reviewing delivery of their library services or thinking about new ways of involving and working with their communities • facilitate the effective, sustainable transfer of library assets and services into community ownership and management where appropriate. This resource must: • give an impartial and objective overview of the current landscape of community managed or community supported provision • offer guiding principles based on evidence • give practical and concrete examples to support decision making • align with other community asset transfer work currently ongoing A key element of this project is designing a dissemination strategy for the resource which clearly supports action and practical decision making within local authorities and the library sector.


Classification of the contract

73110000 Research services

73210000 Research consultancy services

79419000 Evaluation consultancy services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 5 Months


Who to contact

Contact name Nicky Morgan

Organisation name Arts Council England

Address 14 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 3NQ

Telephone 02079735310

Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

Please download the invitation to tender document, ref: ACE-2012-005, and return your tender proposals as per the instructions enclosed. Please note the deadline for tender proposals, including all documentation e.g. completed tender supplier appraisal form, is 12:00hrs, Thursday 28th June 2012 to the address provided. Any tender delivered after that time for any reason may be discounted.