Community Hub Development

Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library

Ownership: Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

Location: Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library, Earlsdon Ave N, Earlsdon, Coventry CV5 6FZ

Contact information: 02476 977 947 – 
admin@earlsdonlibrary.org.uk

Website: www.earlsdonlibrary.org.uk 

Key Features

Room Hire

  • Multifunctional space with comfy seating, WiFi, projector and moveable shelving.
  • Space can be booked by businesses or individuals for events which take place after hours and local councillors hold their surgery sessions during normal library opening hours.

Bookshop

    • Selling pre-loved books for £1 each or £5 for 6, the books are replenished through donations.
    • They also sell books through an online ebay shop: https://bit.ly/42HKqMY

Events

  • Events include stay & play, film club nights, craft clubs and art exhibitions alongside rhyme time for parents & children.
  • Other than stay & play (FREE), attendance is charged at £1 each.

Café & Licenced Premises

  • Groups include language groups, Hobby Groups, Knit and Natter and the Age UK friendship group.
  • Groups are all well attended by a wide range of people who all pay £1 to attend with seating being reserved for attendees.

Successes

visitors per month

volunteers

of income generated through trading

received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Considerations

Financial

During and after the pandemic ,individual donors continued their financial commitment via STANDING ORDERS, VIRGIN MONEY GIVING and, since November 2021, GIVE AS YOU LIVE.

EECL also received a number of very generous single donations both from local people and businesses, totalling approximately £10K. An additional and valued commitment was provided by the Earlsdon branch of COVENTRY BUILDING SOCIETY (CBS) who carried forward for the 2021-22 year its support for the library as its nominated local charity.

Library Improvements

Library developments could not have been achieved without both the input of AWD RESTORATION combined with the essential generous underpinning financial support from a COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL TRANSITION FUND provided as part of the Connecting Communities Phase 2 Programme.

The Transition Fund is a key enabler for delivery of the Connecting Communities approach.

Community Links & Partnerships

In 2021 EECL appointed Lucy Winter as Community Engagement Co-ordinator. An important aspect of the work, as envisaged under the terms of the Carnegie Connection Project, is to build links with other charities and individuals in our community.

Links have been established, for instance, with The Carer’s Trust —to provide private Library space for individual ‘drop-in’ sessions – and with the charity Grapevine to tackle loneliness and isolation.

ECCL also maintain strong links with other Community Managed Libraries in Coventry and further afield, remaining an active member of the COMMUNITY LIBRARIES NETWORK for support, advice and peer connections when developing and improving services.

The People

ECCL’s model incorporates a member PAID STAFF with support from VOLUNTEERS.

The charity is dependent on the unstinting efforts of volunteers for the operation of the library service and all the other activities which take place in the building.

The majority of the volunteers are front-of-house staff dealing directly with customers whilst other volunteers play key roles in communications with customers and the public, in events organisation and in fund-raising.

The trustees’ main aim for the future is to maintain and, wherever possible, improve the range of library services and educational and social activities available for the local community. The provision will continue to include free access to an expanding book stock and public access to computers, supplemented by a range of other activities that will serve the dual purpose of enriching the lives of the community and providing sources of income to sustain the library in the future.

Key Outcomes

Library Space

  • Improved library layout
  • Flexible & adaptable furniture

Income

  • Diversifying income through trading, charitable activities & fundraising

Community Benefit

  • Focus on community connections
  • Developing new services based on community engagement

Library Use

  • Membership and footfall back to pre-pandemic levels.