Li­brary users stand firm de­spite cuts from the county coun­cil

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOCUS -

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

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