6 January 2017

Library lovers in and around Tinsley are being asked to help run a new library service starting at the end of January.

Around a dozen people are needed to help people choose and check out books and newspapers from the Tinsley Forum on Bawtry Road.

A book drop-off and collection point has been running there since last March when Sheffield City Council’s lease expired on the previous library building.

The new temporary service is being supported by other community-run branches. The council is working with the Tinsley Forum and hopes to base a permanent branch there which provides the full range of services. This will be a community-run library staffed by volunteers, like 15 other branches in the city.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries, said: “I’m very pleased that plans for the new library in Tinsley are moving on and that people will have more facilities by the end of January. Library volunteers give a huge amount to their community and I hope more people can join in to help in Tinsley.”

Local councillor Zahira Naz added: “As a local councillor, I know just how important it is that Tinsley has a library. It’s great the plans are progressing and I’d like to thank everyone at the Tinsley Forum for all their hard work. The library service will be a big help to the community and I hope everyone uses it as much as possible.”

An information session is being held at the Tinsley Forum on Wednesday, 11 January from 2pm to 4pm for anyone wanting to find out more about supporting the library. Volunteer training sessions will be running there on:

• Tuesday 17 January from 2pm to 4pm
• Wednesday 18 January from 10am to 12noon
• Monday 23 January from 2pm to 4pm

Graham Whitfield from the Tinsley Forum said: “We’re really looking forward to providing the new library service which will be great for local people. We want people to get involved and everyone is welcome.”

Anyone interested in helping to run Tinsley’s future library service should pop into the Tinsley Forum 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

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries for more information about libraries in Sheffield.