About us

The course was originally written by staff in the library authorities of Aberdeen, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Surrey, and is endorsed by the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL).

In the early summer of 2013, the course was revised and updated by Aberdeen, Bradford, Cambridgeshire, Dudley, Essex, Hertfordshire, Hounslow, Kirklees, Libraries Northern Ireland, and Surrey.


Please email virtuallibrary@surreycc.gov.uk.

Information for UK Public Library Services

If you’d like to roll this out to your staff, feel free. If you contact us at virtuallibrary@surreycc.gov.uk, we’ll supply you with the SCL-endorsed certificate, to which you can add your authority’s logo, and a guide to help you to structure your rollout.

Information for UK librarians working on the course independently

23 Things is primarily an informal self-taught course designed for those working in Public Library Services.   If you are working on your own and want to be able to prove you’ve completed the course, contact us with your blog details and we will provide you with a completion certificate. Contact the 23 Things group on virtuallibrary@surreycc.gov.uk.

Why is it called 23 Things when there are only 14?

The course is based on Helene Blowers’ original,  the concept of which has spread around the world.  She’s kindly given permission to use her “brand”.

Credits and rights

We’d like to thank Kirklees and Devon library services for their help when we started out.

In the spirit of Helene’s original, please feel free to borrow or use or change any information, exercises or content found on this site. Just remember to provide proper credit according to Creative Commons.

23 Things is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

FAQs - 23 Things


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s