Burton Bradstock Community Library Opened 23/01/2013
In July 2012 the Dorset County Council decided to cease funding 9 rural libraries, members of the Dorset Library Service, as part of their budget reduction exercise. These libraries were offered the option of becoming Community libraries.
This meant that each library would be supplied with books and the IT equipment needed to operate the library service, but the local community would provide the accommodation for the library, fund the running costs of the building and provide volunteers to operate the service.
In Burton Bradstock the Friends of Burton Bradstock Library ( a registered charity) took on the responsibility for supporting and operating the Burton Bradstock Community Library.
The Community Library remains in its original building and in practical terms is unchanged (with one minor difference) from the service provided when it was operated by the Dorset Library Service i.e. you can borrow fiction and non-fiction books, large print books and childrens books. The difference is that Talking books, CDs and DVDs are obtained by ordering through the reservation service of the County Library Service, with the reserved items being delivered for collection from the Burton Bradstock library.
The public access computers have been retained, and are due to be replaced by up to date systems plus a WiFi access router in June/July of this year. Access to these machines will be free.
All books borrowed from the Burton Bradstock Community Library can be returned to any County library and you use the same library ticket at Burton Bradstock as at the County Service libraries. Borrowed items can be returned out of hours via the library's letterbox.
Access to the library is free and open to everyone. Visitors to the area can borrow books on a temporary membership card.
Telephone: 01308 897563
Renewal Line; 01305 224311