COMMUNITY managed Harbury Village Library has been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.
It is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK and recognises outstanding work done in communities.
The library is one of only five groups in Warwickshire to receive the award this year. It is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups and was created to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
The library was among the first of Warwickshire’s 13 community managed libraries when it opened in May 2012. The new addition of a cafe helps fund the venture.
Library chair Sharon Hancock said: “We are delighted that our large team of volunteers have been given national recognition for the contribution they make to the community of Harbury.”
Thanks to around 100 volunteers who regularly staff the issue desk, tidy the shelves, bake the cakes and serve the coffee, among other things, the library is now open five full days a week and for two hours on Saturday.
The volunteers are supported by Warwickshire Library and Information Service who supply the stock and advice plus a manned helpline.