Visit our Facebook page

About Us

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

Julie Rubidge – Chair, Marketing and Events
Julie first worked in a small branch library and after having a family she studied at Warwick University, thus beginning a career in education.  She has taught across age ranges, was Deputy Headteacher of a large primary school, took secondment to act as  advisory teacher to travelling children and taught post graduate students at Warwick University
Rita Adams – Vice Chair, Human Resources
Rita spent virtually all her career as an HR manager at Coventry University, working across a wide range of areas. In her role as volunteer at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum she undertook research into the role of women in the early days of the motor industry.  She is co-editor of a book of recollections of working lives in car factories designed for people living with memory loss.
Graham Moffatt – Legal Advisor
Until retirement Graham was an Associate Law Professor at the University of Warwick, one of his areas of interests being the law and practice of the charity sector.  Graham is currently also a trustee of Central England Law Centre
Tara Lawton – Education
Tara has been teaching for  over twenty years and has been fortunate to work in both primary and secondary education;  in roles as diverse as class teacher and department head.  She has also taught in both mainstream and specialist schools for pupils with moderate learning  difficulties.
Ann Wheatley – Treasurer
Ann began her career as a bilingual secretary in the engineering and construction industries. After a ten year break to raise her family she spent more than twenty years as a school administrator before retiring in 2016
Helen Spence – Secretary and Facilities Management
Alan Blundy -Volunteer co-ordinator
Kim Mullard – Fundraising Coordinator
Kim is Director of Operations for a national charity.She has two decades of experience in the charity sector, including grant fundraising, project management, finance, governance and human resources
Remember that you can use your membership card at any other Coventry Library and renew your books online and via the telephone.
Your privacy is important to us, so we'll always keep your details secure in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 and the Data Protection Act 2018. Please see our full Privacy Policy here.