Poetry in Libraries

The Poetry Society is indebted to the work of Christine Bridgwood and the many 'poetry activists' from the consortium of 16 West Midlands Libraries in the Poetry on Loan project, who produced several of the articles contained in 'The Library Room' section of our website. This project was supported by the Arts Council of England (through Poetry Places) and West Midlands Arts, whose literature officer Adrian Johnson describes Poetry on Loan as 'a regional, pathfinding project which could provide a possible and plausible national model and template for libraries to work with (and improve/adapt) across the country. Primarily the project aimed to enable librarians to successfully explore, and become, more positive, pro-active and confident about contemporary poetry and poetry readers inside (and outside) their library. That was, and still is the mission.' 


From Jane Mathieson, Regional Reader Development Co-ordinator
Central Library, Manchester

Your Library- another perfect place for poetry

"This was the strapline attached to a poetry promotion developed in the North West of England for National Poetry Day 2003... The intention was to enable libraries to create high quality displays of poetry books in libraries and also to draw attention to poetry being available in libraries, in other venues."

These pages continue to help your library (or other venue) to become a perfect place for poetry.

Poetry Marketplace

  • Press here for a link to The Poetry Society's Educational Merchandise page
  • Press here for a link to Poetry Places Publications
  • Join the Poetry Society as a Library Member. (For information and rates, visit our membership pages.)