Questions and Answers

Stannington & District Library Group manages Stannington Library in a professional manner, and our aim is to provide a safe, friendly, welcoming environment for all. If you have questions about the library, you may find the answers here.

WHO IS NOW IN CHARGE AT STANNINGTON LIBRARY?

Responsibility for managing Stannington Library passed to STAND (Stannington & District Library Group) in September 2014. We look after the library building, as well providing the library service and developing the library stock. A list of members of the management team and trustees of STAND can be found below . All members of the management team and all the trustees are volunteers, and take no payment for the work they undertake.

WHO ARE THE TRUSTEES OF STANNINGTON AND DISTRICT LIBRARY GROUP, AND HOW CAN I CONTACT THEM?

  • CHAIR OF TRUSTEES:   Jenny van Tinteren OBE
  • TREASURER:                  Patricia Chapman
  • SECRETARY:                   Mel Smart
  • LIBRARY MANAGER:      Dot Russell
  • TRUSTEE:                        Peter Butler
  • DEPUTY TREASURER:   Carole Allen
  • PRESS OFFICER:            Bob Mynors
  • SCHOOLS LIAISON:        Phil Warhurst

You can contact any of our trustees through the library by ringing 0114 234 8732 or by sending an email to library.stannington@gmail.com

WHEN IS THE LIBRARY OPEN?

Stannington Library is open as follows: Monday 1.30-7.00 pm/ Wednesday 10.00 am-12.30 pm + 1.30-6.00 pm/Friday 1.30-7.00 pm/Saturday 9.30 am-12.30 pm.

Stannington Library is not open for normal library business on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday. Other activities take place in the building from time to time on those days.

Opening times are published inside the building, in the noticeboard outside the building and on the contact page of our website.

HAVE ANY CHANGES BEEN MADE TO THE SERVICES OFFERED BY STANNINGTON LIBRARY?

The only changes that have been made in Stannington Library have been additions.

There is now a greater range of books for you to borrow, and we have books, DVDs, CDs and other goods available for sale in the library, all of which raise funds for library upkeep. You can relax in our Coffee Corner whilst you browse our book stock or use our in-house high-speed Wi-Fi service.

HAVE THE LIBRARY OPENING HOURS BEEN REDUCED?

The hours have not been changed since STAND volunteers began running the library in 2014. Sheffield City Council has reduced the hours in council-run libraries, but we are still open for 21 hours per week.

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO BORROW BOOKS AND/OR DVDs FROM OTHER LIBRARIES ACROSS SHEFFIELD?

Your Sheffield Libraries card entitles you to the same services it always has, including requesting material from any other library in Sheffield. But now it entitles you to more – books loans from The Stannington Collection. These are the books donated to us by the people of Stannington or bought using grants from a number of sources including Bradfield Parish Council and Christ Church, Stannington.

WILL I NEED A NEW LIBRARY TICKET, OR A DIFFERENT ONE FOR STANNINGTON LIBRARY?

Your current Sheffield Libraries card allows you access to all the services available in Stannington Library. The only thing you must remember is that books marked with a yellow sticker should be checked out and back in again at the front desk, not through the automatic system.

CAN I BECOME A LIBRARY VOLUNTEER?

Volunteers are vital to Stannington Library and we are constantly looking to increase our numbers.

Volunteering at Stannington Library is a rewarding and very social experience. If you have skills you think we could use, please visit the DOCUMENTS page on our website where you will find a link to our application form to become a volunteer.

As well as the volunteer library assistants everyone sees working on the front desk, we need fund-raisers, communicators, people who can help take care of the building inside and out, IT helpers, and a host of other roles.

WHAT HAPPENS IF NO VOLUNTEERS ARE AVAILABLE?

Stannington Library will only open its doors to the public if at least two volunteers are available to oversee the session. In this we are no different from any other library, volunteer or local authority-run. To date, we have never failed to open for an advertised session, or even opened late.

Nevertheless, we need to add to our list of volunteers, so please visit the DOCUMENTS page on our website where you will find a link to our application form to become a volunteer.

I WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT STANNINGTON LIBRARY, BUT VOLUNTEERING ISN’T AN OPTION FOR ME. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO?

There certainly is. For individual contributions, please visit the FRIENDS OF STANNINGTON LIBRARY page on our website.

If your business or organisation would like to contribute, please email library.stannington@gmail.com, quoting the word SUPPORT and providing your contact details.

WHAT HAPPENS TO BOOKS OR ANY OTHER ITEMS I DONATE TO STANNINGTON LIBRARY?

Books that are in near-mint condition and are likely to be most popular with readers will be included in The Stannington Collection and made available for library users to borrow. Otherwise books will be offered for sale either in the library or at external events to raise funds for the upkeep of the library. For full details, please see our Book Donations Policy available on the DOCUMENTS page of our website. Any other items, including DVDs and CDs, will be offered for sale on a similar basis.

If you want to ask a question or raise an issue that is not dealt with in the above list, please visit our CONTACT US page. Thank you