27 January 2017

A new library opens next Monday, 30 January, in Tinsley and will be staffed by volunteers and hosted by the Tinsley Forum.

People will be able to check out books for adults and children, read newspapers and request books from Sheffield City Council’s library catalogue at the new branch based at the Tinsley Forum in Bawtry Road.

The library lovers of Tinsley have plans to expand the service over time which will initially open on Monday mornings and afternoons, and Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Sheffield City Council is helping support the volunteers with the new service which is temporary for now, as work is needed to expand into a bigger library space and install council computers for the public to use. The authority hopes to enable the volunteers to have permanent facilities from the Tinsley Forum’s building later this year.

Library volunteer Nusrat Rashid said: “The library will help bring the community together and provide a welcome space for everyone to enjoy!”

The old library in Tinsley closed last year when Sheffield City Council’s lease on the previous building expired. The authority has been working with the Tinsley Forum since then, which has provided a library book drop-off and pick-up point.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries, said: “I’m delighted that there’s a new library in Tinsley and want to thank everyone for their hard work in making this happen.

“Many more exciting things are planned as is happening across all city libraries, so please pop in and see what’s on offer.”

There are 28 libraries in Sheffield including the Central Lending Library. Sixteen branches, including Tinsley, are run by volunteers.

Anyone interested in helping at their local branch should ask at the counter or contact Sheffield City Council’s Library Volunteer Co-ordinator Darrell Porter on 0114 273 4254 or by emailing him at Darrell.Porter@sheffield.gov.uk