UNWANTED new books can now be put to good use with Reading Libraries now accepting book and cash donations.
From 1 October, libraries across Reading will be accepting cash donations towards the running of the library service. Events like Rhymetime and Storytimes – hugely popular with young children – will continue to run free of charge. Many attendees at these weekly sessions, and other library users, have asked if they can make a contribution or donation to support local libraries. In reviewing the Library Service in 2016 a significant number of consultees also suggested offering the opportunity for customers to donate.
Donations of recently published and ‘bestselling’ books in a good condition will also be accepted across all libraries.
Councillor Sarah Hacker, Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services said:
“Libraries play an important role as community hubs for many people, but severe cuts in Government funding mean many councils have been forced to consider other means to ensure they can continue to deliver services.
“Donations are not only a great way of ensuring that we can continue to provide the services that people love so much, but is also a great way of allowing people to make use of books that they have recently bought, finished, and no longer want.”
Libraries will also begin introducing small charges for children’s craft sessions from October half term. These charges, which will bring them in line with Reading Museum and Reading’s Children’s Centres, who charge for similar sessions, will help libraries to cover the costs of putting on these popular workshops.