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£10,000 Grant from Sheffield Council

Sheffield City Council has announced that each of Sheffield's volunteer libraries will receive a grant of £10,000 to be spent on capital projects. Stannington Library's management committee has issued the following statement:

The Stannington Library volunteers are very pleased to hear that this grant is on the way. The grant has to be spent on capital costs, not on running costs, so it cannot be used to pay bills or buy books and supplies. We are looking elsewhere for funding for those.

When the grant was first announced back in March 2020, we were asked to say what we would spend it on. We wanted to use the money for things that are needed now and that will be needed to aid post-pandemic recovery, so we proposed quite a wide-ranging list. It focused on the needs of children, our plans for the future, and our aim to increase availability of access to the internet for people wanting to find jobs or training.

Accordingly, we have asked to spend the grant on screens to make the library safe for book browsing, additional furniture and equipment to support opening for PC use, and tablet computers to help people access e-books. We want to put the remainder towards our library extension fund to create enough space for a new children’s section.

All these aims are subject to what we are able to do in terms of current restrictions and having enough volunteers available to take the projects forward. We would be really interested to hear your comments, and also to hear from people who would like to volunteer to help the library deliver the grant aims when we are finally able to open our doors again.

If you would like to comment, or find out more about volunteering, we look forward to hearing from you. See our Contact Us page for details of how we can be contacted.

STAND (Stannington & District Library Group) was formed in 2013 after two public meetings that explored the issues raised by Sheffield City Council’s announced withdrawal of formal support for Stannington Library. Since then, the group has been formalised, a committee was formed and teams of volunteers were recruited