Warlingham Community Library was set up in January 2013 as a partnership between Warlingham Parish Council and Surrey County Council, after the County had stated it would have to close unless the local community stepped forward to run it.

Under the terms of the agreement the Parish Council pays for a professional librarian to manage the library at all times it is open and recruits and coordinates a large cohort of volunteers to support the librarian, which it does via a volunteer co-ordinator.  For its part Surrey maintains the building, the computer systems and the book stock, and provides support to the staff so that they can provide a full library service. The Parish Council is also allowed to use the building out of hours for meetings and other suitable activities.

The Partnership has been a great success, with steadily growing numbers of visitors and book issues, particularly to children, year by year. The annual Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children to read books in the summer holiday, has been a particular success, and always concludes with a ceremony in September when children receive awards. Councillor Simon Morrow, who chairs the Management Committee, said: “I believe much of the success of the Library is down to the welcoming and vibrant atmosphere created by the librarians and volunteers ; as well as carrying out routine tasks our volunteers show their commitment by such activities as creating displays, helping choose the books we hold, hosting school visits and leading our very popular Rhymetime sessions”. There are over 40 volunteers, and anyone wishing to join them should contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Tina Picanza, on 01883 624123 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As well as borrowing books and DVDs, you can use the computers to access the internet, do photocopying, read newspapers and look at the full size paper copies of local planning applications, all whilst enjoying a coffee and accessing the free Wi-Fi. The Library is also available for hire out of hours : contact the Lettings Secretary, Anne Tuffill, on 01883 623288 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 10 January at 7.30 in Warlingham Library.

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