13 October 2016

More than a thousand new books have been given to community-run libraries by Sheffield City Council.

This works out at just over 100 titles each in ten branches across the city that are run by volunteers.

There are 28 libraries across Sheffield. Sixteen in total are run by volunteers with some support from the council.

The new books will be hitting the shelves over the next few weeks.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries, said: “I’m delighted to give new books to the community-run libraries and hope they’re enjoyed by tens of thousands of readers.

“Libraries in Sheffield provide a valuable service to local people and the community-run branches are doing a fantastic job and helping us to cope with the massive cuts imposed on Sheffield by central government.

“There’s a huge amount going on in all libraries. If you’ve not visited lately then pop down and see what’s on offer.”

Local charity Zest manages Upperthorpe Library which is staffed by volunteers. Zest’s Youth and Communities Manager, Tessa Harrison, said: “The new books will help us revive our book collection. For our children’s library new exciting books will encourage children to keep visiting which is very important to us.”

Raff Irshad who volunteers at Upperthorpe Library said: “Having new books in our library will inspire those that no longer use it to come in and will also encourage new members.”

The branches receiving new books are: Ecclesfield; Frecheville; Gleadless; Greenhill; Jordanthorpe; Newfield Green; Stannington; Totley; Upperthorpe; and Walkley.

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries for more information.