Hungerford's very own Library Hub opens

on 15 June 2018.

open hub hungerford

Following public outcry in 2015 when plans were announced to axe 8 of West Berkshire’s 9 libraries, the Hungerford community pulled together with a plan. Not to be deterred by the steep government cuts, they began rigorous campaigning to secure the future of this treasured community resource, writing to parliament and the department of Media and Culture to keep our library open.

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of ‘Friends of Hungerford Library’, today we witnessed the cutting of the ribbon on our new Library Hub, the beginning of a new era for Hungerford. Whilst West Berkshire will still maintain their staff

open hub hungerford

left to right Peter Harries, Hungerford Mayor Helen Simpson, Vice Chairman of West Berks Cllr Council Peter Argyle, Cllr Keith Knight Hungerford Council and Ex Mayor

and the library resources, Hungerford Town Council managed to secure the future of the hub with an innovative venture set up by the campaign group ‘Friends of Hungerford Library’.

The group have, in conjunction with Hungerford Town Council, launched the Hub by gaining charitable status as ‘The Hungerford Library Community Trust’ and taken on the costs of leasing the building in an agreement reached with West Berkshire.

This change in status will mean that the community have much more control over the use of the building and it can function as a hub, alongside its set library hours. It will also mean that the charity will benefit from reduced rates and can apply for grants to secure the future of the resource.

Today marks the start of the journey for our new Library, with an official showcase scheduled for Saturday the 8th of September, whereby members of the public are welcomed to an open day to engage with the hub and contribute their ideas for its future use. Some suggestions to date include a community radio station!

The news will surely bring joy to the many members of our community that rely on the library’s resource.

open hub hungerford

open hub hungerford

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