A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.
In 1912 Andrew Carnegie donated monies to fund the building of three libraries in Coventry. One of these is Earlsdon Library, an iconic, locally listed building, that Coventry Council is no longer able to fully support. Situated in the heart of Earlsdon it serves the needs of a local community rich in cultural diversity, encompasses a broad age range and supports people with a variety of needs.
In response to the threat of closure, a group of volunteers, has stepped forward and formed a charity, the Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library. We have a board of trustees and over 70 volunteers committed and passionate about keeping the library as a vital community resource.
What we have achieved so far
Already we have extended our opening hours and nearly 1000 users a week are coming through our doors. The library provides a welcoming, free-to-access space with the prospect of companionship for retired people, parents of young children, people who are unemployed or unable to work for reasons of ill health or disability. School age children enjoy the supportive space, with books and out of school clubs at the end of the school day.
Evolving Earlsdon library for a sustainable future
We continue to pursue the City Council’s stated objective of combatting loneliness, recognising that social interaction is beneficial for both mental and physical wellbeing. We offer a place to meet, to read local newspapers, and for students to bring their laptops and engage with their peers. Free access to IT is crucial; claiming and managing universal credit and other benefits often depend on it.
With the support of our volunteers we are moving forward – fundraising, writing project bids, organising events, selling books – but we need your support in sustaining and developing a viable community library service, we can only do that if we can meet our running costs.
Creating a reliable monthly income stream to cover operating costs is vital to our future; by giving to us you’ll be giving to the thousand people we welcome into the library every week.
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"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."Andrew Carnegie