History of the Friends of Colyton Library from 2007 to 2015, and its Present Function
Friends of Colyton Library (FoCL) was created in 2007
following a successful campaign to prevent the closure of Colyton Library
by Devon County Council. The Friends group has been active in supporting
the library, encouraging more usage and running events.
Friends provide regular events, book launches and a monthly coffee morning
on Tuesdays to which anyone and everyone is invited.
The 'Friends' campaigned for and achieved the modernisation and
refurbishment of the Library in 2011. This provided more space and a better
environment. This work was funded by DCC with help from Colyton Chamber of
Feoffees, Colyton Parish History Society and the Friends of Colyton Library
and was much welcomed and appreciated by the residents of Colyton and
The next change also occurred in 2011, when DCC had to reduce expenditure
on Libraries due to their reduced budget. This resulted in the opening
hours of our Library being reduced from 16.5 hours to 12.5 hours per week.
One session per week, 2.5 hours, is run by FoCL
volunteers, trained by DCC.
The use of
enables people to borrow and return books, browse and use the
computers. This session is know as
is reasonably well used. It includes a monthly coffee morning.
Part of the
refurbishment included the installation of a self service machine
for borrowing and returning books which has
enabled the volunteer session. Volunteers also support children's events
and assist with the Book Track reading scheme.