Community Library Manager

for Burgess Road Library Management Team CIO

£960.00 + £221.25 Gift Aid = £1181.25
Donated to Community Library Manager’s £35000.00 Goal

Burgess Road Library is the busiest community library in Southampton. Since 2016 we have kept the doors open here at Burgess Road for 26 hours a week (across four days) running a full public library service, staffed only by volunteers.

With approximately 20,000 visitors a year we are a a valuable community resource.

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 recruit someone 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?

Burgess Road Library Management Team CIO is a Registered Charity No. 1182097.

All funds raised will be passed to Burgess Road Library Management Team CIO irrespective of whether our appeal target is reached, not reached or exceeded. If funds are being raised for a specific purpose and, for whatever reason, this purpose is no longer valid, the funds will be transferred to the charity for general use.

The charity

The Burgess Road Library Management Team is a group of local volunteers passionate about keeping our local library open to our community.

Back in 2015, Burgess Road Library was threatened with closure by Southampton City Council due to budget cuts. Together with a local church, we fought to keep the library open under new arrangements, staffed by volunteers. In 2016 we took on the running of the library, and after significant renovation works, relaunched in the autumn of that year.

Since then the library has gone from strength-to-strength. From local history talks to one-to-one IT support, not to mention Rhyme Time, Story Time and a Spanish language class, we run numerous events throughout the week, alongside the full library service 26-hours a week.

The Management Team oversees this, with support from the trustees of the CIO. Each trustee has a particular connection to the library, and is passionate about seeing it thrive in the long-term.

Registered charity (no. 1182097).

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