List of UK volunteer libraries

The following list is taken from news reports and from information supplied by local authorities and library users.  It does not claim to be comprehensive. Please email if you have anything to have any additions or corrections.   It is unclear what the figure is currently. Please note that a “volunteer library” (more often called a “community library” by councils) may come in various flavours: I include libraries where, at the minimum, the majority of staffing consists of volunteers. Using this method, a suggested minimum currently (April 2024) is 621.

Historically, Arts Council England counted over 170 volunteer-run libraries in the UK in November 2012 with the PLN stats at the time being very similar at a minimum of 168. Locality’s count of December 2012 came to 254 (see this list) while a report from October 2013 suggests a figure over 300. The CIPFA report for 2013/14 reports 139 “community managed co-produced” libraries (129 in England), 46 “community supported co-produced libraries” (45 in England) and 249 “commissioned co-produced libraries” (these are run largely non-profit trusts: 138 in England, 109 in Scotland, 2 in Wales).  This is based on figures provided by library authorities themselves. The Libraries Taskforce report (March 2016) reports 214 “community supported or community managed” or 382 “when commissioned community libraries are included”.

Volunteer-run libraries that then close due to lack or funding or lack of volunteers are rarely found but do happen. For example, the Ibstock volunteer-run library in Leicestershire closed in May 2024.

  • Barnet
  1. Hampstead Garden Library (1) (2) (3) reopened 28th June 2012 by Jonathon Ross with 45 volunteers.
  2. Friern Barnet.  To be run with volunteers and some paid staff after long campaign of protest against closure (1).
  1. Wilsden
  2. Addingham – Established in 2011. Self-funded. Won civic award. Used as a national example. moved to portakabin due to poor condition of building, Addingham volunteer library granted £50k to improve building. (Oct 2018)
  3. Denholme – Article celebrating five years (November 2016).
  4. Wrose – original volunteer library closed in 2020, new book exchange planners at Age UK
  5. Idle
  6. Lees – in Methodist church, replacing mobile library stop.
  7. Oxenhope – in Methodist church, replacing mobile library stop.
  8. Haworth – in Methodist church, replacing mobile library stop.
  9. Silsden to become fully volunteer (2017 – 3) 200 people attend official launch (2017 – 6).
  10. Burley in Wharfedale (April 2017)
  11. Holme Wood (May 2017) in collaboration with training company, renamed “Holme Wood Connect: Not Just For Books“.
  12. Thornton (July 2017).
  13. Great Horton (2017)
  14. Bolling (2017)
  15. Thornbury (2017).
  16. Queensbury (September 2017)
  1. Somersham (Queens Award winner),
  2. Bottisham
  3. Fulbourn
  4. Haddenham
  5. Waterbeach
  6. Melbourn
  7. Bassingbourn
  8. Swavesey
  9. Little Downham
  10. Gamlingay.  Been volunteer run since 2003, one paid supervisor.  Relies on donations.
  11. Arlesey Resource Centre and Library
  12. Waddesdon – Volunteer library to be run from Waddesdon Secondary School. (October 2015)
    1. London Irish Centre. “At present we have six volunteers including myself running the library”. Based in Camden but not a public library as such (April 2018)
    2. Primrose Hill Community Library (previously Chalk Farm) from 1/4/12 with £500,000 raised by locals.
    3. Keats Community Library (previously Hampstead)  from 17/4/12 and has a very impressive website and events.
    4. Belsize Community Library took over from the Council on 1/4/12.  Now known as The Winch: loss-making: concentrating on cafe and room hires. Extending opening hours to include Saturdays.
    5. Highgate – Run with one paid member of staff, the rest being volunteers. Reduced costs from £150k per year to £50k.

    • Buckinghamshire – BBC. Volunteers seen as solution to cutting libraries. Buckinghamshire libraries chief David Jones says volunteers save 40% of running costs and he has been able to cut people’s salaries by £740k due to willingness of others to do jobs for free.
  • Cardiff
  1. Lisvane Community Library – Open 8 hours per week. Opened in 1999 after closure in 1998. “The Cabin Library is a volunteer run community library, independent from Cardiff Council’s library services. It is located in a PortaCabin in the Old School complex on the corner of Llwyn y Pia Road and Heol y Delyn close to the village centre. It has over 6,000 books: fiction, non-fiction, large print books, children’s books, and talking books.”
  2. Rumney – November 2015.

    “it’s really hard to run a community library. We don’t have the money for acquisitions, so the books are out of date. We don’t have trained staff, so there’s little we can do in terms of helping with research and so on. We don’t have enough staff, so we’re only open 7-8 hours a week. We barely have the money to keep the building upright: it’s an old portacabin, joyously full of asbestos (fortunately still safely intact and sealed). Councils are making a big mistake by handing such an important service over to the community, because no matter how dedicated or enthusiastic, the community lacks resources.” Comment by Lisvane volunteer on blog post

  • Carmarthenshire
  1. Pontyates Libary needs volunteers or it will close.
  2. Tumble Library.  Run by volunteers and  then closed shortly after.
  3. Dafen Library run by volunteers with town council support.
  4. Trimsaran.  Run by volunteers and  then closed shortly after.
  5. Kidwelly – Open four hours per week.
  1. Sparkwell (replaces lost mobile library service)
  2. The Red Lion in Dittisham
  3. Cafe-on-the Green at Widecombe-in-the-Moor
  4. a village store in Broadhempston
  5. Colyton Library remains a public library but with volunteers opening every Tuesday.
  6. South Brent Old School Community Library
  7. Topsham (in process)
  • Doncaster. “In Doncaster, 19 of Doncaster’s 24 libraries are now community services. Professional, council-employed staff provide a support role, but the volunteers are now central to the service.” (BBC July 2015).
  1. Stainforth4ALL incorporating Stainforth Library (staffed by volunteers from 1st March 2012)
  2. Balby Community Library (9/4/12)
  3. Sprotbrough Community Library
  4. Warmsworth Community Library
  5. Bawtry Community Library
  6. Rossington Community Library (28/3/12).
  7. Conisbrough Community Library
  8. Edenthorpe Community Library
  9. Intake Community Library
  10. Moorends Community Library
  11. Scawthorpe Community Library
  12. Wheatley Community Library
  13. Bessacarr Community Library
  14. Armthorpe Community Library
  15. Askern Community Library
  16. Bentley Area Community Library
  17. Cantley Community Library – 2017 35 volunteers and one of most used in borough but long-term concerns over building.
  18. Woodlands Community Library and Hub
  19. Hatfield Community Library
  20. Denaby Community Library.
  • Dorset
  1. Burton Bradstock first staffed by council and volunteers on alternate days (2007) but moved to full control (Oct 2012).
  2. Puddletown, the first entirely volunteer-run but “council maintained library” in the country.
  3. The application for a volunteer-run Corfe Castle Community Library was in process (June 2012).
  4. Wool Library, in partnership with parish council, started Jan 2013.  35 volunteers. “Dorset County Council will continue to support the community libraries with a package worth around £5,500 a year that will include books and IT services.”
  5. Charmouth. Passed to volunteers (Nov 2012). 40 volunteers have replaced one paid member of staff (June 2013).  Was open for 10 hours per week, now open for 17.
  6. Chickerell – Early 2013
  7. Colehill – Early 2013
  8. Corfe Castle – Expected Mid to Late 2013.
  9. Stalbridge – Early 2013.
  • East Sussex
  1. Old Town Community Library in Eastbourne has been running for ten years.
  2. Little Common Community Library in Bexhill has been running since 2002, now with 34 volunteers (April 2013).
  3. Northiam Village Library – open 4 hours per week.
  4. Ringmer.
  5. Ore, Pevensey Bay, Polegate and Willingdon libraries (June 2018).
  6. Langney (August 2018)
  • Enfield (see note)
  1. Ridge Avenue. “It is also now one of 10 Enfield libraries to be run by volunteers, rather than full time staff.
  2. Nine other libraries “run by volunteers” (March 2016).
  3. Note –  [However, Enfield denied that any libraries were run by volunteers in a freedom of information request (March 2016).  I therefore do not count any libraries as volunteer-run in this authority until informed otherwise – Ed.]
  • Essex
  1. Jaywick.  Operated by residents keen to keep library after council moved original library into a new school
  2. Springfield – New library staffed from the start by volunteers with paid staff support.
  3. Chrishall
  4. Finchingfield
  5. Great Bromley
  6. Lamarsh
  7. Ramsey
  8. Steeple Bumpstead
  • Fife
  1. Glenwood (From March 2017)
  2. Pittenweem (March 2017).
  3. Largo (April 2017).
  4. Falkland (July 2017).
  5. Kinghorn (September 2017)
  • Flintshire
  • Gateshead
  1. Ryton – Closed in 2007 but reopend in 2010 as volunteer-run.
  2. Lobley Hill – Five libraries to volunteers, July 2013. Will be separate to council run libraries with their own ticket.
  3. Low Fell
  4. Sunderland Road
  5. Winlaton
  • Gloucestershire
  1. Painswick reopened on 20/6/12 after being closed since 2009. Seven council-run libraries to be transferred to volunteers 2012/13. (3/12).
  2. Nailsea Library to be open for 12 hours with paid staff and 10 hours with volunteers after being reduced from being open 35 hours per week (25/7/12)
  3. Lechlade –  opened late June 2013. 30 volunteers.
  4. Berkeley
  5. Bream
  6. Brockworth – now looking for funding, four years after becoming volunteer (Feb 2016).
  7. Mitcheldean.
  8. Minchinhampton – 1600 visits per month (March 2016).
  9. Newnham
  • Hampshire 
  1. Stanmore Community Library at The Carroll Centre – Jan 2013 opened.
  2. North Baddesley Community Library.
  3. Kingsclere Library to be run by 25 volunteers with parish council and charitable support. (Feb 2015)
  4. Millbrook
  5. Hamble Library organised by Eastleigh Council will be staffed by volunteers. (August 2018)
  6. Odiham (2021)
  7. Lee on Solent (2021)
  8. Horndean (2021)
  9. Elson (2021)
  • Harrow
  1. North Harrow Community Library – from October 2015.
  • Hull
  1. Anlaby Park
  2. Victoria Dock Village Hall – Feb 2015, after loss of mobile library.
  • Herefordshire
  1. Peterchurch.
  2. Garway (new service in village hall) and several others have library books on deposit in community buildings.
  3. Leintwardine.
  4. Weobley (no reference)
  5. Colwall – run by paid member of staff paid for by parish council.
  6. Ewyas Harold
  7. Fownhope
  8. Longtown
  • Hertfordshire

13 volunteer libraries listed here (2022).

(from left to right) Red Lion owner Steve Birch with volunteers Sarah Bacon, Tess Hemmings and Marc de Salis

(from left to right) Red Lion owner Steve Birch with volunteers Sarah Bacon, Tess Hemmings
and Marc de Salis. November 2015.

  • Isle of Wight
  1. Shanklin Community Library became volunteer run Feb 2012
  2. Bembridge
  3. Brighstone
  4. East Cowes
  5. Edward Edwards (previously Niton)
  • Kirklees
  1. Fresh Horizons at the Chestnut Centre in Huddersfield.  Library based in building along with police, business, cafe, employment support.  Organisation appears to run library via a direct grant from the council. MLA case study.
  2. Denby Dale to be passed to volunteers who will demolish building and build £250k library/community centre on site (September 2013). ” Kirklees Council have committed to supplying one paid member of staff for the next three years. The budget is reviewed on a three yearly cycle. The Community are keen to have a shared facility where Denby Dale Library is currently situated. This is a community led initiative and we will continue to support the library as we do now with Stock, I.T , Management support and Librarian support. The one member of staff is for the day to day running of the library, for us as a library service this is no change at the moment” Email from council, 30/9/13.
  3. Kirkburton Library given to parish council. and then loaned back to council at nil rent for five years with one paid staff and the rest being volunteers.  (October 2015)
  4. Lepton – Library in Pub (March 2016).
  5. Lepton – a separate volunteer library to the one in the pub – (3 – 17).
  6. Honley – Currently one member of staff and rest volunteers, likely to become fully volunteer – (6 -17) Honley Library passed to parish council/volunteers. (9 – 17)
  7. Birstall Community Centre and Library passed to Birstall Community Holdings Ltd.  (8 – 17)
  8. Marsden – Marsden volunteer library reconfigures space to allow more letting income. (2 – 18)
  • Lambeth
  1. Upper Norwood – Library Trust – Upper Norwood Library Trust appeal for £80k funds to address shortfall due to cuts from Croydon and Lambeth. (November 2015)
  • Lancashire
  1. Wheatley Lane Library – Staffed by volunteers 4 hours per week, staff by paid staff 10 hours per week.
  2. Pike Hill (closed) to have volunteer library as part of community use.  (2017 – 3)
  3. Silverdale (2017 – 3).
  4. Clayton-le-Moors volunteer library opens after closure of council library in Civic Hall. (2017 – 5)
  5. Up Holland Library now volunteer-run by arts group. (2017 -12)
  6. Crawshawbooth Library reopens as volunteer / community association. (2018 – 7)
  • Leeds
  1. Rawdon – November 2013: 45 volunteers.
  2. Drighlington – 50 volunteers – since 2012 – “Mary Goldsworthy, chair of Drighlington Community Library, boasted they were proud of their computer suite, adding: “We think it’s vital, we help people look for jobs, we run coffee mornings, support the summer reading challenge for children and we’re a place people can come and sit and read the papers. We do this with the help of 50 volunteers.” (August 2015)
  1. New Cross People’s Library appears to be doing well but reported lowest ever level of volunteers (November 2015 – image received).
  2. Crofton Park
  3. Grove Park
  4. Sydenham.
  5. Blackheath Village Community Library set up to replace closed library, “there seemed to be more volunteers than borrowers when I popped in one afternoon. It’s a work in progress, though, with the full project not due to be finished until next summer” [1]. Blackheath is run by Age UK (not be confused with Age Concern) and received £230,000 of council money to do so [2]. More details here (inc. comments) October 2015.
  6. Forest Hill volunteer library opens shop for income.(March 2017)
  7. Manor House Library transfers to being controlled by V22 community group.(April 2017)
  1. New volunteer library opens in Allington. (June 2018)
  2. Caistor Arts and Cultural Centre mixes paid staff and volunteers.  This library featured in the BBC programme Village SOSFrom June 2015, all paid library staff were lost, with Heritage Centre staff taking over that function. Volunteer-run Caistor Arts Centre/Library future now in doubt. as lacks funding (September 2016)
  3. Waddington Library mixes co-located pharmacy staff with volunteers
  4. Ingoldmells launches volunteer run branch (with 300 books) to replace withdrawn mobile library stop (18/9/12).
  5. Sutton Bridge.  Interestingly, this library (not part of the council network) is having its funding cut with its most local mobile stops also ceasing.
  6. Saxilby
  7. Winthorpe “in pipeline”. Opened Dec 2012 for one hour per week.
  8. Woodhall Spa extends opening hours by using volunteers, March 2013.
  9. Alford – 14 volunteers with basic training increase hours after council threatened to cut them, April 2013.  These same volunteers withdraw support for library, July 2014, due to withdrawal of council supportLibrary became volunteer again, February 2016.
  10. Bratoft – 300 books provided for village hall, May 2013.
  11. Sutton on Sea – first of branches cut by Lincolnshire in 2015 goes volunteer, August 2015.
  12. Heckington – Volunteer run library will open at Heckington, with initial funding from county council, supported by town council. Resources taken from closed Coningsby Library.  – September 2015.
  13. Holbeach – 30 volunteers being used. Library to reopen with volunteers. October 2015.  Holby volunteer library to be moved into a Co-op shop/post office/pharmacy, with 4000 books. (August 2016)
  14. Deepings– 1 paid member of staff with volunteers.  From some time after October 2015. Opened January 2016. Hours extended October 2018. Usages since opening in 2016:  2016 issues 28,083, 2017 issues 34,218, 2018 issues  29,442 (up to end Oct).  2016 24,540 visitors, 2017 28,988, 2018 30,690 (up to end Oct). 2016 –  524 new members, 2017 – 583 new members, 2018 – 489 new members up to end Oct. Summer Reading Challenge: 2016 – Finishers 54, 2017 – Finishers 114, 2018 – Finishers 142. Increased our regular clubs/activities: 2016 1 regular Junior club and a in house book group, 2017 increase and balanced out hours (10-5 Mon Wed and Fri), 4 regular junior clubs  (baby group, Storytime, Lego Club, 50p Craft Fridays), 4 new adult clubs (Scrabble, Colouring, Knit and Natter, Age Concern Bus) and a handful ad hoc evening events), 2018 –  Continued with 4 regular junior clubs,  4 regular adult clubs added special one off events. Recent increase in hours will see even more clubs setting up in 2019.  (plans for more adult groups – possibly board games, mens group, craft sessions etc plus Sat clubs for kids Coding, Creative Writing, Weekend Storytime etc) (email received November 2018)
  15. Crowland – Crowland Library reopens as volunteer-run.  November 2015
  16. Burgh Le Marsh – reopened as a reading and development centre, November 2015. £160k volunteer library at Burgh Le Marsh (November 2017)
  17. Spilsby – Reopened in co-op grocery store – January 2016.
  18. Donington – March 2016.
  19. Welton – March 2016.
  20. Ruskington – March 2016.
  21. Wainfleet – September 2016.
  • Liverpool
  1. Woolton Community Library – Closed March 2012 as council library, reopened February 2012 as volunteer run.
  2. Croxteth Community Library – Part of Alt Valley Community Trust.
  1. Burnage Library – to reopen as volunteer-run Burnage Library Activity and Information Hub, with council staff present for 15 hours per week (October 2013).
  2. Fallowfield – Fallowfield Library renamed “The Place” and transferred to  Friends of Fallowfield Library and City South housing association. (August 2014)
  3. Northenden – Housing office will include library, November 2013.
  4. Levenshulme
  5. Miles Platting
  6. New Moston
  7. Barlow Moor.
  1. Briton Ferry and  Cymmer Afan to be run by volunteers shortly (aim is May 1st 2014). – see this page.
  2. Cymmer Afan – See this page
  3. Resolven – open 8 hours per week from May 2014. See this page.
  4. Taibach – “Taibach Community Library has been run by volunteers since May 2014, and is currently open for 16 hours a week. A team of 16 dedicated volunteers give up their time to keep the library open. The library still receives support from Neath Port Talbot Libraries service, who provide a pool of book stock, shared with other community libraries in the county borough” [Source: email from library. November 2015 – Ed.]
  • Newcastle
We now have a 25 year lease from the council. We do not pay rent or business rates, but we have to raise all the running costs of the building, buy new books etc. Unusually we are a Listed Building, a superp example of a 1960's public building (see attached). More information is available on or .

Jesmond Library: “We now have a 25 year lease from the council. We do not pay rent or business rates, but we have to raise all the running costs of the building, buy new books etc. Unusually we are a Listed Building, a superp example of a 1960’s public building (see attached). More information is available on or .”

  1. Fawdon Library taken over by volunteers to avoid closure. (May 2015)
  1. Barton Library will be open for 3.5 hours unstaffed.
  2. Goxhill Library run by volunteers since Spring 2011.
  3. Broughton Library opened in village hall to replace mobile library stop (19/9/12).
  • Northeast Lincolnshire
  1. Humberston, from December 2014.
  2. Scartho library to be run by volunteers from September. (2015). Extended in 2017 due to “boost in usage” (August 2017).
  3. Laceby
  4. Grant Thorold: community CIC run: £275k refurbishment for Grant Thorold Library (community group CIC run) inc. café and education room.  (2017 -3)
  5. The Willows
  6. Nunsthorpe.
  1. Bainbridge
  2. Grassington
  3. Great Ayton Discovery Centre (includes library),  Celebrated first year anniversary (May 2013) with 10-strong management team, “dozens of volunteers” and 4,000 visits per month.
  4. Darley. Replaced mobile library stop. “In the last year of its operation, the mobile library to Darley was used by only 36 people and issued less than 900 books and other items. But the new Darley Community Library now has more than 100 members, and has issued more than 1,200 books in the first year of its operation.”
  5. Derwent Valley Bridge (was East Ayton Library),
  6. Hawes (with Upper Wensleydale Community Office)
  7. Mashamshire.
  8. Barlby
  9. Bilton
  10. Embsay
  11. Gargrave.
  12. Hunmanby Library was to be run by volunteers but failure to get sufficient numbers/fudning means library will close.
  13. There is a mini-library in the “George & Dragon” Hudswell Community Pub.
  14. Bentham – Staffed by volunteers for 5.5 hours per week. Bentham Library taken over by community group: to be fully volunteer. (2017-3)
  15. Catterick – From 2015 (with 12-15 hours of one paid library worker per week )
  16. Colburn – From 2015 (with 12-15 hours of one paid library worker per week )
  17. Crosshills – From 2015 (with 12-15 hours of one paid library worker per week )
  18. Easingwold – From 2015 (with 12-15 hours of one paid library worker per week )
  19. Sherburn – From 2015 (with 12-15 hours of one paid library worker per week )
  20. Stokesley – From 2015 (with 12-15 hours of one paid library worker per week ). Stokesley now entirely volunteer, renamed “The Globe Stokesley Community Library”. (June 2017).
  21. Thirsk – From 2015 (with 12-15 hours of one paid library worker per week )
  22. Bedale – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week )
  23. Bentham – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week )
  24. Boroughbridge – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week )
  25. Helmsley – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week ): Fully volunteer (April 2017).
  26. Ingleton – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week )
  27. Kirkbymoorside – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week ) From 2017, entirely volunteer. Fully volunteer (April 2017).
  28. Leyburn – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week )
  29. Norton – Book lending (volunteer-staffed) at  Deansfield Court Extra Care Housing Scheme (Norton) in conjunction with Yorkshire Housing; Norton Library fully volunteer (April 2017).
  30. Pateley bridge – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week )
  31. Scalby – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week ) Entirely volunteer from April 2017.
  32. Settle – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week )
  33. Starbeck – From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week Entirely volunteer from April 2017.
  34. Tadcaster –  From 2015 (one paid library worker for 5-7 hours per week )
  35. Harrogate – From 2015 40% of staffing will be volunteer
  36. Malton – From 2015 40% of staffing will be volunteer
  37. Northallerton – From 2015 40% of staffing will be volunteer
  38. Richmond – From 2015 40% of staffing will be volunteer. Refurbishment by new owners,  “Catterick Richmond and Colburn Community Libraries” in partnership with the county council. (2017 May)
  39. Scarborough -From 2015 40% of staffing will be volunteer
  40. Selby – From 2015 40% of staffing will be volunteer
  41. Skipton – From 2015 40% of staffing will be volunteer. From 2017, largely volunteer – more than 25 volunteers along with some paid staff.
  42. Filey – From 2015, 60% of staffing will be volunteer
  43. Knaresborough – From 2015, 60% of staffing will be volunteer
  44. Pickering – From 2015, 60% of staffing will be volunteer. From April 2017 “a hybrid” with one full-time member of staff, one for 14 hours per week and the rest volunteer.
  45. Ripon – From 2015, 60% of staffing will be volunteer; volunteer supported, 2014. Almost entirely volunteer (1 paid member of staff, 80+ volunteer) from April 2017.
  46. Whitby – From 2015, 60% of staffing will be volunteer
  47. South Craven – Volunteer from September 2016.
  48. Bedale –  volunteers from April 2017.
  1. Prudhoe Community Trust.  Old library demolished, new library being built, funded by government and council grants, sharing space with town council, volunteer service and other organisations.  “The Library building, in the heart of Prudhoe, is set to be demolished and, with funding from Communitybuilders, replaced with a modern three story community and civic building. The new library building will act as a single access point for a range of local services including Northumberland County Council’s information services, Prudhoe Town Council, Citizens Advice Bureau and Victim Support.” (Asset Transfer Unit).
  2. Ellington,
  3. Cowpen,
  4. Heddon-on-the-Wall,
  5. Corbridge,
  6. Haydon Bridge
  7. Hadston.
  1. Beddau – 2015 – See this article.
  1. Park Library reopened as volunteer run – since September 2014. 50 volunteers
  2. Walkley Carnegie Library – November 2014. 50 volunteers.
  3. Frecheville  – Since October 2014. Website here.  “Community library: Frecheville, Sheffield – / Libraries Taskforce. “Frecheville Library and Learning Centre is an associate library and a registered not for profit charity. Community volunteers took over the running of the library on the 29 September 2014 and are supported by Sheffield City Council (SCC).” Looks at deal with Sheffield council, role in the community and numbers and roles of volunteers.  35 volunteers. “The library is open for 23 hours per week. This is an extra 2 hours per week than when it was run by the council as the library no longer closes for lunch.”. Challenges include maintenance and updating technology.” Going strong April 2017.
  4. Gleadless
  5. Greenhill – Reported as successful, with 5500 visits per month (May 2015).
  6. Jodanthorpe
  7. Newfield Green
  8. Totley
  9. Upperthorpe: Update 2015 to 2017 (Oct 2017) 25 volunteers.
  10. Broomhill and Park –  libraries staffed by volunteers with council covering costs and some paid support.
  11. Southey –  libraries staffed by volunteers with council covering costs and some paid support.
  12. Woodhouse –  libraries staffed by volunteers with council covering costs and some paid support.
  13. Tinsley Library reopens as volunteer. (Feburary 2017) 
  • Shropshire
    • ” reducing its current £178,000 annual subsidy to the county’s eight community-run libraries in Albrighton, Bishop’s Castle, Broseley, Craven Arms, Highley, Shifnal, Cleobury Mortimer and Ellesmere.” (March 2022)
  • Somerset
  1. Porlock – 2013: run with help by Parish Council
  2. Bruton, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Somerton, Watchet and Wiveliscombe to become volunteer. (March 2019)
  1. Beare Green (open two mornings per week to replace end of mobile library service) (October 2013).
  2. Byfleet Library now run by volunteers, extended opening hours (25/9/12)
  3. New Haw (4/10/12).
  4. Stoneleigh (22/2/13).
  5. Tattenhams (Grand opening Summer 2013, took over 12.11.12). Won one of six 2015 mayor’s awards for community teams.
  6. Bagshot (December 2013).
  7. Guildford Institute Library – Volunteer run since 1843.
  8. Warlingham – Still has paid staff at it.
  9. Virginia Water
  10. Bramley
  11. Ewell Court
  12. Lingfield
  13. Frimley Green.
  1. Carrbrook Library.
  2. Denton Library – purchased building off council for £30k and “six figure” loan (7)
  • Telford and Wrekin – Stirchley, Hadley, Dawley and Oakengates
  • Thurrock Purfleet.
  • TraffordHale Library (18/7/12) staffed by two full-time equivalent staff and 30 volunteers.
  • Vale of Glamorgan
    • Sully Library (8/16). first anniversary celebrated (9/17).
    • Wenvoe (operational before 11/16)
    • Dinas Powys (11/16)
    • St Athan and Rhoose will shortly also become volunteer and are included in the overall tally as being so (8/16)
  • Walsall
  • Wakefield –
  1. Havercroft (from 27/11/12) – moving from library into Community Learning Centre where volunteers to run service and buy own books.
  2. Kettlethorpe – Date of transfer to be announced.
  3. Walton – To be announced in connection with local school in 2012. Walton volunteer library may close due to Academy evicting from space. (9/17).
  4. Kinsley – Library closed.  Transferred to local Learning Centre where volunteers to run service and buy own books.
  5. Upton – Transferred to volunteers, will open from Easter 2013.
  6. Crofton
  7. Ackworth – Volunteer run since 2013. Reported to be more popular than when  council run.
  • Waltham Forest 
  1. South Chingford Community Library – April 2012. Will lend books from May (open for computer use from April) for 3 hours per week
  2. Leytonstone Epicentre Library – April 2013.
  3. Harrow Green Community Library – May 2013. 1,000 books, with 10 volunteers.
  1. Kineton Library taken over (9.1.12), the first of 12 planned to do so before April.
  2. Henley-in-Arden Library (4/4/12).
  3. Dunchurch Library (3.4.12)
  4. Studley Community Library (9/4/12),
  5. Bidford on Avon (2/5/12)
  6. Baddesley Ensor (24/5/12),
  7. Bulkington Library (28.1.12
  8. Dordon Library (volunteer run by September 2012) is using part of library as dancefloor.
  9. Camp Hill
  10. Water Orton
  11. Keresley
  12. Harbury. “Community library: Harbury, Warwickshire – / Libraries Taskforce. A look at the staffing, role and funding of a volunteer library. “The library was previously open for 2 days per week and is now open for 5 full weekdays and a half day on Saturday.” … “The library has worked hard to encourage usage by local children and in addition to holiday book schemes initiated by the county library service, they have organised “Tunes and Tales” which has brought in families with babies and toddlers. ” …”A major factor in the success of Harbury Village Library has been the 3,100 books donated by villagers or purchased through the library’s Buy a Book Scheme. These books are administered by a separate computer system (Book Cat) which allows them to be kept within the library. ” £10,000 income per year due to café and other ventures.”
  13. Hartshill
  1. Angmering – Parish council has recruited volunteers to extend Saturday opening hours (April 2014).
  • Wigan
  1. Hope Community Library (more info here)
  2. BookCycle charity running now closed Beech Hill Library
  3. Aspull
  4. Ince
  • Wiltshire
  1. Purton Library (team of 40 volunteers).
  2. Aldbourne Library (library paid for by parish council), Tuesday mornings staffed by 4 volunteers. 300 volunteers in total used to “keep open” ten of the smallest libraries.
  3. Box and
  4. Ramsbury libraries partially staffed by volunteers.
  5. Wilton
  6. Durrington
  7. Ludgershall
  8. Lyneham
  9. Market Lavington
  10. Netheravon
  11. Tisbury
  12. Cricklade
  13. Downton
  14. Mere
  15. Pewsey
  1. Welland Library (staffed – but not apparently run by – volunteers)
  2. Catshill (staffed with paid council staff and volunteers, in school grounds).
  3. Wythall – “Wythall Together” will run premises management, maintenance and repair (July 2014).
  4. Martley
  5. Broadway – from August 2014.
  6. Hagley – from January 2015.
  7. Upton.
  • Wrexham
  1. Gresford – May 2014 – Shut March 2014 to save £92k p.a. – 30 volunteers, 13 hours open per week.
  2. Hope – Established 2016. Article from May 2017 on first anniversary.
  • #1 written by Nev Keating
    about 9 years ago

    Cholsey in Oxfordshire has a Community Library. The library has a paid co-ordinator and 40 volunteers. Its open Monday to Friday 2 to 4.30, Also Friday 6 to 8 and Saturday 9:30 to 12:30. The lib ray is owned by the village and has no connections to the County Council. Offers a choice of 6,500 books, Talking Books, DVDs’, Free WiFi, Homework Club Monday to Thursday

  • #2 written by Graham Stanley
    about 9 years ago

    I lead a team to take over the running of our local / community library in Leicestershire. One of the ideas re income generation is to offer sponsorship of the library to local businesses. But we have no idea what revenue this might generate. We could offer the renaming of the library for a year, 5 years or ten years. Does anyone have any ideas of the value of such sponsorship; we don’t want to ask too little as this put pressure on other cost areas but likewise we don’t want to pitch the number too high and send potential sponsors scurrying away. Help please!

  • #3 written by Diana Jackson
    about 8 years ago

    Is there a list for Scotland and Wales anywhere?

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