How To Start Your Own Library?

Have you ever sat down and thought about how it would feel like to start your own business? If you have, chances are that the end results of that particular thought process were pretty good, right? Of course they were! When it comes to starting a business (regardless of how small or big that business is), it is very important to stay positive. You can’t expect good results if you think about negative things. This is especially the case when it comes to starting a library.

Even if you just want to start a smaller library, buying a dozen of books will simply not cut it – you need to do so much more than that. One of the most important things that you need to do is determine what your library’s mission is going to be. Will your mission be to serve a community that doesn’t have a library yet, or will your library focus on a particular skill?


Once you come up with a good mission for your library, you will be able to move on to the next phase, and the next phase is to look for a nice place for your library.


Even if you want to start some sort of a small library (which is basically a small stand with books), you need to think about the law. This is because your library (regardless of how big or small it is) needs to be compatible with the law in your city. Also, your library needs to be easily accessible. If you are planning on holding any special community events (such as story times) in the near future, make sure that there is enough space for them inside the library.

Raising Money

Raising money is very important if you want your library to be successful. Even if you have enough money to cover some of the startup costs, it is always good to have another source of income for your library. One of the best ways to do this is to establish a library foundation. Another thing that you can do is find an organization that would be willing to raise money for your library.


It is hard to keep everything organized when you are the only person that is working at the library. That is why it is always good to have someone who is willing to help you by your side. What this means is that you should try to hire a few people. The library staff has to be good at dealing with customers.