Serving the Park, Granville, Wybourn and Norfolk Park area of the city, Park Library is run by Park Community Action (PCA) as a volunteer led library. It is one of five co-delivered libraries, a partnership with Sheffield City Council.
PCA’s vision is transforming the Park Centre into a vibrant landmark of learning, performance and service that will unify and re-invigorate the community it serves, especially for young people
A team of around 50 volunteers from the local community now run the library. They are managed by Tracy Brown, the volunteer co-ordinator at the Centre. We are always on the look out for more – more details)
The local community is really appreciative that the volunteer library service continues the full range of library services previously provided by the Council. Work with children is a particular priority. Links with local schools are strong with visits by all local primary schools. This has made local children more familiar with the library and what they can do there. The volunteer staff support the library in many different ways and are always exploring new ideas to encourage and make full use of the library
The library offers space to read, work or just chill out. It can be used free of charge by everyone.
Another Key provision is IT. For an area where access to computers is limited, the Peoples Network terminals offer free access to the Internet and other resources. As Park Centre develops, the library will form an essential part of its offer.
The Centre already provides Horton Hall (a community hall for hire), a community café, youth activities and a variety of other community led activity
such as the Pantry Project providing low cost groceries to local families in need.
The library is fully accessible for disabled people.
Park Library is on a key bus route between the City Centre and Manor Top.
Volunteer Libraries in Sheffield (VLIS) is a group of sixteen independent Charities, each one operating a Community Library in Sheffield. As well as lending books, these libraries offer an increasing number of other activities such as cinema clubs, local societies and special children’s events.