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Could your community building host the next Community Micro Library? A micro library is a browsing collection of approximately 200 books which include fiction, non-fiction and junior books, to give a flavour what is available from the wider library service in Cornwall.  Customers are expected to self-serve and record the books they borrow using a manual honesty system.  It is important that books borrowed are recorded. It both proves the library is used and therefore needed and it helps identify the type of books the readership prefer, thereby helping to ensure the right types of books are sent to refresh the collection. A public computer at the venue enables customers to view the online library catalogue as well as other library online services available to them as library members

Some Micro Libraries are already in place in Cornwall thanks to funding from the national Pub is the Hub scheme. This has provided a useful pilot for the Community Micro Library initiative.

A micro library will be considered at the request of a community. Community venues are asked to submit an expression of interest by completing a check-list provided by the council in which the minimum requirements are set out.  If satisfied that the venue meets the requirements the council will provide a start-up grant of up to £1000 for the basic kit, as described in the check-list, and will supply the stock and on-going support. The council will not rent space for the library from the venue. The concept is that the council grant and book stock provides a community resource to be used when the venue is open in the normal course of its activities.

Establishing a Micro Library could prove to be a great partnership for community buildings. It will provide existing hall users with an additional service and new opportunities and may also bring library users to the hall. Find out more on Cornwall Council’s website. Initial enquiries and requests for a copy of the draft check-list and draft agreement should be made to libraries@cornwall.gov.uk .

 

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