FREE to anyone who lives, works or studies in North Ayrshire.
We have 17 libraries, 2 mobiles and a home library service. You can join online and pop in to a library with 2 piece of ID. Check out the Council webpages for full information.
As long as you bring books back on time or you renew them using the library app, online or by phone we don’t charge you anything. There are small charges for borrowing DVDs and CDs.
You can use the library even if you don’t actually visit by:
- downloading our ebooks provided by OverDrive,
- digital magazines provided by Zinio
- Downloading or streaming from the Sony music collection provided by Freegal
- Listening to audiobooks provided by OneClickdigital
- Or using our online reference books
If there’s something you want to read you can check out if we have it in stock using the library app or library online catalogue and we can get it delivered to your local library (no charge for this either).
Help with Funding
If you are a local individual or group that wants to make a difference in your area and you are seeking funding to help you do this look out for our Participatory Budgeting events coming to your Locality.
North Ayrshire TSI can also help.
Alternative funding ideas can be found at North Ayrshire Council’s Community Funding page.
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 includes a number of rights to allow communities to have a greater say in the design, operation and delivery of local public services.
Examples of the new rights given to communities include a right to be involved in Participation Requests and Community Asset Transfers. In achieving the spirit of the Act, we established 6 Locality Planning Partnerships which have an equal representation of Councillors to Community representatives, and peoples “participation by experience” is a really important element of Locality Planning.
Participation Requests are designed to complement and improve our range of participation processes rather than replace them. You can find out more about the process below:
Community Asset Transfer
Community Asset Transfer involves the transfer of responsibility for an asset from the council to any suitably qualified community, voluntary or social enterprise group. For more information, please visit the North Ayrshire Community Asset Transfer webpage.
Our Approach to Community Empowerment
North Ayrshire CPP is proud of its history of working closely with its communities and of how it has subsequently embraced the principles of the Community Empowerment Act. This Report on North Ayrshire’s approach to community empowerment provides a summary of recent developments which demonstrate this commitment and also includes the required Community Asset Transfer and Participation Requests annual reports to Scottish Government.