In 1912 Andrew Carnegie donated monies to fund the building of three libraries in Coventry. Two remain as core libraries funded by the Council; Earlsdon library was, and is, earmarked for closure.
Situated in the heart of Earlsdon and sitting alongside Earlsdon Primary school, our library really is at the heart of the community. We aim to meet the needs of our culturally diverse community which encompasses a broad age range and with a variety of needs: not least of which is offering IT access to people who would otherwise face digital exclusion.
In response to the very real and imminent threat of closure, a group of volunteers, already familiar with the needs of our library users, stepped forward to take on a daunting challenge. Effectively this means that we have been building a business – with scant resources and a precarious course to navigate. The reality of keeping the library open means that every aspect needs to be planned for: running a shift, undertaking ‘back office’ tasks, managing accounts, providing policy documents and keeping the library clean and functioning well. This is on top of consistent efforts to raise funds.
We are proud that we have achieved charity status. Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library (ECCL) is now a registered charity (1180063).
We have a Board of Trustees and over 80 volunteers working hard to keep this library open and accessible to all.
ECCL Board of Trustees: committed to keeping Earlsdon library open
"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."
Remember that you can use your membership card at any other Coventry Library and renew your books online and via the telephone.
Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library
Earlsdon Avenue North