Library users stand firm despite cuts from the county council
LORRAINE Surridge is the manager of Gerrards Cross Community Library, which relies on volunteers to run.
The library, in Station Road, faced possible closure in 2012 after Bucks County Council announced it was unable to continue providing the service due to budget cuts.
The only way to keep it open was to draft in a team of volunteers to run the site, and since doing that, it now has more than 500 people regularly using the library and has more than 80 volunteers.
Mrs Surridge said: “We are reliant on our volunteers. We simply wouldn’t be able to operate without a dedicated and trained team of volunteers working here.
“They do an amazing job. They help people find what they need, help run events and are a friendly face which people recognise when they come in here.”
She added: “They work throughout the year, and there is always an interest from people in the community in getting involved in helping out at the library.
“I would say we get about two or three people coming in every month to ask about volunteering here and what they can do.”
Mrs Surridge is now on the look out for young volunteers to go along to the library during their summer breaks from school and university.
She needs people to help run the library’s summer reading challenge and also to work on Saturdays.
She said: “It looks great on a CV and is a great way to spend a summer break.
“Anyone interested can just pop in and ask about it.”
TAKING CONTROL: Lorraine Surridge (left) with staff and volunteers at Gerrards Cross Library