Local donations and fundraising events are central to keeping a community library open. Many libraries are struggling to pay for essential services and facilities, without support from the local council authority or central government.
It costs thousands to upkeep a library building. Cleaning, heating, internet service, new books, staff costs, replacement furniture: all cost money and every small donation helps.
So far, we have raised over two-thousand pounds for the library from donations taken from our fundraising events. This includes the Belsize Open Mic; which now runs weekly on Fridays. This is a landmark achievement, but more funds need to be raised if the library is to continue to pay for building costs and improve its facilities.
Many volunteers give their time to staff Belsize Community Library; these unsung heroes work to create an inspirational and safe environment for all members of the community to enjoy.
At their best, libraries provide an inclusive learning space where people of all ages, and from all social backgrounds, can read, study, discover local events, surf the internet for free, and much more besides.