Published date: 11 June 2021

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 23 June 2021, 12am

Contract summary


  • Research consultancy services - 73210000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£25,000 to £50,000

Procurement reference


Published date

11 June 2021

Closing date

23 June 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

9 July 2021

Contract end date

31 October 2021

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The public library network in England is made up of 150 library services, each operating with their own distinct resources, capacity and skillsets. There is a huge variation in delivery models, which often comprise services delivered in-person, digitally and through various outreach programmes.
Data collection within the public library and archive sectors in England is currently ad-hoc, inconsistent and not particularly transparent. Library services often collect a variety of data but not a lot is known on a service-by-service basis about what is collected or how it is used. Similarly, while there are a number of other sources of data available, such as the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Library Statistics, the DCMS Open Data Project, Libraries Hacked's mobile library data and other more ad-hoc datasets collected by individual library authorities, how this data is utilised varies by service.
For example, linking if possible, to the following (this is not an exhaustive list),
1.How data exports are defined and standardised between library services (The DCMS library data schemas work)
2.How combined data can be used to deliver public information across multiple library services.
3.How data can be used to assess and accredit library services. (Libraries Connected accreditation project)

Arts Council England is seeking a consultant / consultants to develop an assessment strategy for the public library and archive sectors in England

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Additional text

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.

About the buyer

Contact name

Amanda Jones


Bloomsbury Street