Keats Community Library – Shelf Cleaning Project

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.

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.

This would involve systematically removing the books from the shelves, wiping down the shelf underneath and replacing the books in alphabetical order. (The Mitzvah volunteers who came last year did a fantastic job and were very properly fussy about the order of the books!)

Mitzvah Day is a Sunday so we are open from 12-4pm, so this task would be for 4 hours only – or any part of that time that they can spare. We can provide the cleaning materials and we have safety stools to reach the upper shelves. We would suggest volunteers bring rubber gloves. 

Our library is much loved by the local community, and we think your volunteers would really enjoy working with us. This will be our fourth Mitzvah year and previous volunteers loved the place.

We are located at Keats Grove, 50yds from Hampstead Heath Overground Station, a 5 minute walk from Hampstead or Belsize Park Underground. Buses 24, 46. 168, 268, C11. 

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Please contact Jana to confirm your time slot and number of volunteers in your group by emailing