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Welcome to Manor House Library

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Manor House Library reopened its doors once more on May 2nd 2017 at 9am, and is back to providing the local community with a seven day service. Working closely with Lewisham Council and its team of professional librarians, Manor House is being run by V22 and volunteers from the local community.

If you have any questions, or want to join our team of volunteers then please email info@mhlibrary.co.uk.

New Beginnings

Manor House Library is a community-run library. The library is situated on Old Road, Lee, in the South East London Borough of Lewisham. Like many local authorities, Lewisham Council have been under budgetary pressures and, after a long consultation process, decided not to close any of its libraries. Manor House was one of four libraries considered for transfer to the ‘community library model’. After a tender process we were delighted that our bid was approved by Mayor & Cabinet to manage the building and run the library in continued partnership with Lewisham Libraries.

In practice this means that you are likely to be greeted by a volunteer when you come to Manor House, although we do still have at least one Lewisham Libraries staff member with us on more days than we are without! Manor House is run by a manager who has experience of working in several libraries and he is supported by other senior staff members with a great deal of experience. Lewisham employ two Senior Library Assistants who are designated to look after Manor House, and a further team of Community Engagement Librarians spread their time among Lewisham’s Community Libraries, including Manor House. V22 also run Forest Hill Library, which is the busiest of all the community libraries with the longest manned opening hours of any library in the borough.

Help us Build for the Future

A community-run library means just that, and we really need the support of our community to keep our library great and to make it even better. Please consider volunteering your time to help us run the library or to provide additional related services. Click here for more information. We are particularly interested in finding volunteers who can help out at the weekend, especially Saturday. No experience is necessary, we will provide training on the job, with supervisor level training available for those wishing to progress. We’re lucky enough to have had at least two retired librarians and several former library staff among our volunteers, as well as having four volunteers who are currently librarians or professional library staff amongst our ranks.

We accept donations of good quality books, CDs, DVD’s and records at Manor House. We have occasional book sales on site (look out for us at Manor House Gardens Festival!) and we also have a book and record shop – Leaf & Groove – in Forest Hill where everything we sell gets ploughed back into the V22 libraries fund.

Keep talking to Us
Please do contact us if you have concerns about any aspect of the library services provided. We want to hear from you – good or bad – and if you think there is something you can offer in support then we would very much like to have that conversation too.

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