Since 2012 volunteers have worked in the library to keep it open on Wednesday mornings after NYCC reduced its opening hours. They formed an action group called BACLA (Boroughbridge Area Community Library Association) to maintain a full range of library services in the town and Lower Ure Valley.
From the 1st December 2016 a group of local volunteers became responsible for the full running of the library after a decision by NYCC that it could no longer afford to do so. The library is now known as Boroughbridge Community Library and Resource Centre and continues to be operated by BACLA (short for Boroughbridge Area Community Library Association, a registered charity the name of which you may continue to see used sometimes in connection with the library). The Library Volunteers are the heart of the team but there is also a small committee of Trustees to handle the administration and organisation of the charity’s operations: Judith Burton, Helen Chester, Mike Collins (Jubilee Room Manager), John Helliwell (Secretary/Manager of library downstairs) , Ian Hick (Chair), Nic Holmes (Treasurer), Barbara Horner (Volunteers Rep) and Robert Windass (Town Council Rep).
The library still operates in partnership with NYCC who provide support for 7 hours a week. NYCC provides the books, DVDs, electronic appliances and is our landlord. The library sub-lets part of the building to Boroughbridge Community Care, another local charity who you can find out more about here.
A team of roughly 30 (at present) trained volunteers run the library on a rota basis, keeping it open for the same hours as previously. We are always looking for more volunteers and, should you wish to join us, you can find out more by emailing us at volunteers@BoroughbridgeLibrary.org.uk.
All the Volunteers and Trustees run and manage the library for free but we still need funds to pay the bills! If you would like to make a donation then please email us at treasurer@BoroughbridgeLibrary.org.uk for details of how to do so.