Libraries are a valuable Community asset and are massively under threat globally. Faced with changing community requirements and increased financial pressures, there is a need to find new, additional ways to generate revenue, awareness and footfall…
Since 2013, we have helped Libraries across London transform their under-utilised space, creating an affordable home for hundreds of local startups. Through the process, which starts with a simple, free, scoring of possible space, we have established 10 x Workary pilots, 9 of which have been a success and are currently live, hosting 400+ Members who have helped deliver 300+ community events. We work closely with local Library Teams and also with National / International Library organisations to ensure that the programmes & activities that we deliver are in line with both local Library Strategy + the wider Universal Offer.
Your Under-utilised space 4x options
1. TheWorkary PopUp (Pilot)
Following a FREE evaluation / scoring of possible space, and a successful score of 7+ (out of 10), we work with the Council & Libraries Team to set up a simple, risk-free 6x month Workary pilot. We keep the setup as simple as possible, ensuring that we minimise the impact and maximise the value for local library teams.
2. TheWorkary, [your town]
Following a successful Pop-Up Pilot, we work with the Council & Library teams to upgrade to a Workary and maximise the value of the project for all (Library, Staff, Members & Community). Upon joining all Members are actively encouraged to contribute to / support the local Workary & Library Events Programme.
3. TheWorkary+ (under-utilised rooms)
Many sites & library services may have rooms that whilst are actually too small for a full Workary Pilot or Campus, are under-utilised & could be used to generate additional income for the Library. For this reason, we have created the Workary+ model. Simply put, we promote these spaces to our Network of local startups & entrepreneurs, who need both support & affordable space to help them start-up, stay up & grow up locally
4. Virtual Membership (Increase the power of the network)
Desk spaces are limited at each Workary & there are often local entrepreneurs who either don’t yet need a space or are simply waiting for a space to become available. We have developed our Virtual Membership to make it really easy for local startups + entrepreneurs to enjoy the benefits of both ‘Connecting’ to our Network + better utilising their local Library (resources + more)… simply without the need for the physical desk – everyone wins!