Burley's Community Managed Library
Following Bradford Council's decision to reduce their expenditure across their library network the Parish Council agreed to take over the running of the library service from April 2017. Although Bradford will not pay staffing costs, subject to review, they have offered to provide:
- The lease of the building
- The transfer of the existing stock of books and computers
- New books on a regular basis
- Payment of energy/business rates/etc.
- Access to a repairs and improvement fund for the building, although no firm commitment was given on the size of the fund or likelihood of obtaining grants.
- Training for volunteers
The Parish Council have been fortunate to secure the services of over 60 volunteers to help run library services and activities. In addition, the Parish Council have appointed a Senior Libary Assistant to over see existing book lending ad help develop a range of new activities
Should anyone have any comments about existing services or ideas for new services, please contact the Parish Clerk
The refurbishment of the
Library will partially overlap with work on the Queens Hall and will commence
on Monday 15th April, completing on Friday 17th May. It will also be necessary
to close the library to the public for 25 days from Monday 8th April
in order to clear stock and protect equipment that cannot be moved easily.
The library committee is currently in the process of agreeing colour schemes for walls and carpets, scheduling the moving of library stock and furniture, as well as organising the disposal of existing library shelving. New shelving is being installed throughout at a cost £20,000, funded in part by a donation from Burley Community Trust. If any resident feels that they can make use of old library shelving, please contact the Parish Clerk before 8th April.
Inevitably the budget does not quite stretch to include one or two items we would really like to include. If any local businesses or individuals would like to contribute towards specific items, for which they would receive appropriate recognition, the library team would be really pleased to hear from you.
A full schedule of works for the Library can be found here
Library contact details
Address: Burley Library, Grange Road, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7HD
Phone: 01943 863714
Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 1pm - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm
- Disabled access
- Audio books
- Children's activities
- Free Internet access and word processing, with print capabilities from the library computers
- Knitting Group every Thursday at 4pm.
- Fiction Reading Group for Adults - 2.30pm four weekly on Friday