Keats community library

Category: Renovate and Repair

Keats Community Library is local volunteer-run community library. It is run by the community for the community.

When Camden Council closed Heath Library in 2012, a group of local residents started a charity to take it over, and soon 40 volunteers had stepped forward to run it. Its a much loved local hub now, providing not only a brilliant library with up to date fiction and non-fiction, but also rhyme-time for toddlers, creative writing and chess classes for children, and occasional events such as a magician, a puppeteer and family concerts.  For the grown-ups there’s a Reading Group, and fabulous (and affordable) evening events with such luminaries as Michael Palin, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Diana Rigg, Howard Jacobson, Sir David Hare, and recitals by singers from the Royal Opera House.

 The Library is housed in a lovely Grade II listed building with a beautiful stained glass dome.  It is next to Keats House Museum, surrounded by a lovely garden.About the Charity
Keats Community Library is local volunteer-run community library. It is run by the community for the community.

When Camden Council closed Heath Library in 2012, a group of local residents started a charity to take it over, and soon 40 volunteers had stepped forward to run it. Its a much loved local hub now, providing not only a brilliant library with up to date fiction and non-fiction, but also rhyme-time for toddlers, creative writing and chess classes for children, and occasional events such as a magician, a puppeteer and family concerts. For the grown-ups there’s a Reading Group, and fabulous (and affordable) evening events with such luminaries as Michael Palin, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Diana Rigg, Howard Jacobson, Sir David Hare, and recitals by singers from the Royal Opera House.

The Library is housed in a lovely Grade II listed building with a beautiful stained glass dome. It is next to Keats House Museum, surrounded by a lovely garden.

The project

Whilst the volunteers have their hands full dealing with the books and the borrowers, we need extra volunteers to give the shelves a good old clean. Just an hour or two of your time would make a difference and we will provide cleaning materials, tea and biscuits!

Another way you can help is to turn out your own bookshelves. The Library has a small section of second hand books for sale and we always need good quality books to sell. Time to turn out all those books you are never going to read again, and make space for some new ones. Keats Community Library costs £60,000 a year to run (we have to pay building costs to our landlord, insurance, library software etc as well as new books!). We receive no support from the Council, we have no paid staff and 100% of our income goes to the library. Book sales represent 10% of our income so your donation makes a very important contribution.

Come and visit. We are in Keats Grove, 50yds from Hampstead Heath Overground Station, a 5 minute walk from Hampstead or Belsize Park Underground. Buses 24, 46. 168, 268, C11. We hope to see you soon.

Keats Community Library is local volunteer-run community library. It is run by the community for the community.

We need volunteer librarians to help us run this wonderful community resource.