In July, Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert) proposed that libraries and museums should become “Warm Banks” where people could go when the winter starts to get really cold. The role of libraries has now been fleshed out, in particular by the report “A Warm Welcome. Setting up a warm space in your community”.
It was clear that Harbury Village Library was already acting as a “warm space”, by virtue of the things we already do: our building is heated and we can offer Books, Newspapers, Jigsaws, Board Games, Children's Craft Materials, WiFi, Public Access Computers, Charging Facilities, Co-Working Desks - all free, and when Biblio's Cafe is closed people can help themselves to tea, coffee and biscuits, also at no cost. Harbury Village Library is now registered as a Warm Welcome Space with the national Warm Welcome Campaign.