Stamford Libary’s book fundraising scheme to expand

From left, cultural service adviser Louise Bradley, cultural service adviser Jane Barber, site co-ordinator Lea Rickard and cultural service adviser Paul Walkinshaw
From left, cultural service adviser Louise Bradley, cultural service adviser Jane Barber, site co-ordinator Lea Rickard and cultural service adviser Paul Walkinshaw
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A PILOT scheme launched at Stamford Library has been such a success it is to be rolled out to other libraries in the county.

Lincolnshire County Council installed a collection box in the foyer of the library in April, which we featured on our front page, to help pay for more books.

It was part of a pilot to see if library users would be willing to support the library financially.

So far, the box has been so successful it has raised £850, which has been used to buy more books.

Tracey Crawley, who is manager of all the libraries in South Kesteven, said visitors had been asked informally what books they would like to see bought with the money.

She said: “We can’t believe how successful the scheme has been. Library users have really taken to it and because there is a spiral, a lot of children have been running up to it to put coppers in.

“Because of the success here, it is something we are rolling out to the other large libraries in the count in the new year and the donation box will continue here.

“Smaller libraries are something we will consider in the future.”

Stamford Library has a budget of £200,000 from the county council.

This has not been cut and the books bought using the donation box are in addition to the hundreds of new books, which are bought every year.

All the books which have been bought are being displayed on a table in the centre of the library so borrowers can see where their money has gone.

Mrs Crawley said: “It is really good news that we have been able to collect so much money and that the stock has increased.”

The books belong to Stamford Library but users can order books from any library in Lincolnshire.

Once the scheme is rolled out to other libraries, the money will be collected and the books bought will be divided between the participating libraries.

Mrs Crawley said Bourne Library in South Street and Deepings Library in High Street, Market Deeping, will not get donation boxes during the roll-out because they are too small.

Rutland County Council cut the budget at its libraries in Uppingham, Ryhall, Ketton and Oakham meaning the opening hours were cut or changed.

The council appealed for volunteers through the Mercury to help secure the libraries futures and six people came forward.