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Project information

CPA National Library of Ageing

The Centre for Policy on Ageing hosts the unique National Library of Ageing. CPA needs to immediately move to new premises to ensure the continuity of the library and other services such as Ageinfo, the National Database of Ageing Research and New Literature on Old Age.

October 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: Centre for Policy on Ageing

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  • Need


    The unique library and information services are at risk if this move cannot be achieved speedily and with minimum disruption. CPA's services contribute to the wellbeing of older people through the understanding, by government, policy makers, academics, students and health and social care professionals of the needs of this growing sector of the population.


    Funds raised for this project will cover the cost of moving and re-establishing the CPA national library of ageing and the associated internet and print based information services in a new location.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Maintain the CPA library of ageing and information services in their new location in Tavis House


    » Conserve the valuable library materials, many of which are unique.
    » Support the growth of the library and maintain continuity of access to information through the online services.
    » Support the library and information service in its new location welcoming visitors and online users.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    The CPA national library of ageing and the information services are up and running in their new location.

  • Impact


    The success of the project will have been demonstrated by welcoming library visitors to the new location and through the continued use of our online information services.

    From the information that CPA provides, older people will benefit in the long term through improved services, reduced discrimination and greater inclusion and social involvement.


    The Centre for Policy on Ageing is funded solely from projects and funds earned through its information work. The main risk is a shortfall in this funding.


    All donors would be kept informed via the CPA web site.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Packing, storing and moving Dismantling and packing the existing library and other items in preparation for transfer. Temporary
      £10,000 Design and set-up Design and layout for new location. Create spaces within new location using existing furniture and f
      £4,000 IT Infrastructure Establish IT and communications infrastructure in new location
      £1,000 Re-launch Re-launch the information services welcoming both real and virtual (online) users
  • Background


    The Centre for Policy on Ageing and the Library of Ageing are national entities but physically located near to good transport links near the Tower of London. The new location will be a little further East but will also be easily accessible with good transport links.


    The Centre for Policy on Ageing’s work and that of its library and information services will help to ensure a better life for all older people in the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Centre for Policy on Ageing was established in 1947. The CPA national library of ageing is a unique collection that forms the basis for CPA’s many report and reviews and the Ageinfo information service. There is no other similar organisation or resource in the United Kingdom.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gillian Crosby

    CPA’s director and former head of information, developed the information service from very little to the present resource of over 50,000 items.

    Nat Lievesley

    Helped establish the digital and internet based information services Ageinfo and the National Database of Ageing Research.