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WCC: Henley Community Library Now Live

The volunteers who will manage the community library at Henley have been getting to grips with the library management system at training sessions in Stratford Library in preparation for the library going live.

As part of the ongoing support for community librarians, Warwickshire Library Service staff has been delivering the sessions.

The first 12 of the 60 library volunteers have been undergoing training sessions in the management of a library including checking stock in and out and strategies for displaying materials.

The community library will move into new premises at the Old Schoolroom in Henley Methodist Church.  As the training was taking place, other volunteers worked with libraries staff to move the stock into its new home or laundered rugs, beanbags and toys.

“Community support has been great,” says Secretary of Henley Community Library, Judith Lindley, about her fellow volunteers.  “Refreshments at the official opening have been sponsored by contributions.  Some supporters who are World Book Night givers will launch a drive to recruit members and volunteers at a Henley gastropub.”

The community library will also be supported by Warwickshire County Council the community library will continue to loan stock from the county council’s Library and Information Service.

Libraries staff will continue to support the local community to ensure the sustainability of the library service. There will be a dedicated helpline for volunteers to call for advice if required.

Cllr Colin Hayfield, portfolio holder for customers, access and physical, assets at Warwickshire County Council, said:
“The community of Henley should be congratulated for the manner in which it has responded to the challenge of providing a community library.  The county council will continue to work with the volunteers and we are delighted to offer them our full support.”

A formal launch will take place on Friday 20th April when Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadim Zahawi will attend.

For further information on the transformation of Warwickshire Library and Information Service go to

Day              Opening times
Tuesday        9.00am – 7.00pm
Friday           9.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday       9.00am – 1.00pm

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