Burgess Road Library is the busiest community library in Southampton. Since the library was threatened with closure in 2016 we have kept the doors open here for a full 26 hours per week (across four days, including weekends) running a full public library service entirely integrated with the city-wide council run libraries – and staffed only by volunteers.
With approximately 20,000 visitors a year we are a a valuable community resource. As a venue for Community Playlink’s Toy Library we provide a lifeline to many local families. Our regular Rhyme Time and Story Time activities are attended by dozens of children, and we know from many personal conversations what a difference the library service makes.
But we want to do more. In order to keep the library sustainable into the long-term, we hope to appoint a part-time Community Library Manager. Having researched how other community libraries operate, we are seeking to find funds for a person who can co-ordinate and train our volunteers, and expand our activities programme.
We anticipate costs of £35,000 for the first 3 years.
Could you help? Please contact our Treasurer at email@example.com.
Got questions, or interested in volunteering your time? Contact Aaron Duke, Chair of the Management Team, by clicking here.