24 March 2016

A new base has been found for a local library in Sheffield with facilities for book lovers, computer users, children and community groups.

The Tinsley Forum, on Bawtry Road, will house the future Tinsley Library service just along the road from the previous base. Sheffield City Council came out of this last month when its lease on the building ended.

The library is also changing from a council-run service to one managed and run by volunteers. This already happens in fifteen other branches after Government cuts meant the council could no longer afford to run them all. The authority continues to run the Central Lending Library, 11 branches across the city and the Home Library Service.

Graham Whitfield from the Tinsley Forum said: “We’re really pleased to be able to offer a new base for Tinsley library as this will give local people access to a volunteer led library service within the community at this time.”

Local volunteers have already come forward to run the future library service. The council is now working with them and the Tinsley Forum before plans are firmed up and a take-over date is confirmed.
Local volunteer Zahira Naz said: “It’s great to see the library will be reopening after all the work the volunteers in Tinsley have put into this idea.”

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m delighted that Tinsley Library will have a permanent home and even better that it’s just along the road from the old one. It’s great that the community has come together to make this happen and I want to thank everyone involved for all their hard work on this, and for their future support.

“We’re hoping the new service is up and running quickly, and that people will enjoy the new facilities.”

A temporary book drop off and collection point is available for library users at Tinsley Forum. Local visits by the council’s Little Library service for children are also taking place.

Anyone interested in helping to run Tinsley’s future library service should contact Darrell Porter the Council’s Library Volunteer Co-ordinator on 0114 273 4254.