Many members of the local community supported by The HGS Residents Association in 2011 campaigned to prevent the closure by the London Borough of Barnet of the little Hampstead Garden Suburb Library in the Market Place.
The campaign was successful, and within just a few days of the borough librarians being redeployed to other libraries in April 2012, Garden Suburb Community Library opened its doors to readers again, this time in the hands of about 40 volunteers who have been trained to run it.
The library has since then gone from strength to strength, with over 2600 registered users, children’s activities twice a week, a monthly book club, and occasional author talks and one-off children’s events.
Books are constantly replenished and a team of volunteers has £5,000 to spend annually on adult and children’s books
They also have two user computers which are in constant use and a printer which can also scan and copy.
They are always looking for additional volunteers to join the team that runs the library on a day to day basis
Everyone enjoys their shifts – the library is open Tuesday to Saturday and we have two shifts – morning 9.45am-1.30pm and afternoon 1.30pm-5.00pm
Full training given !