Vote to transform Broomhill Community Library

Broomhill library
Broomhill Community Library

Library volunteers are asking people to vote for Broomhill Community Library before Tuesday 21 November to help it receive funding from Aviva.

The funding would pay for heritage experts to work with library volunteers and the local community over the next 6 months, to produce the detailed, costed plans we need to transform the library: architects to advise on opening up unused floors and providing public toilets and disabled access for the first time; archaeologists to help us finish the excavations; landscape architects to develop restoration plans for the garden, inspired by what was once there, and by what people would like for the future.

Vote here before Tuesday

The library has recently extended its opening hours. It now opens at 10am on Mondays and is open on Tuesday afternoons until 5:30pm. This is the third extension of opening hours since volunteer staffing commenced in September 2014.

It remains one of the most well-used libraries in the city. More than seventy-five volunteers continue to staff the library, work to improve the facilities or restore the heritage garden.

Encouraging your family, friends and neighbours to join and use their local library will help safeguard its future.

If you want to get involved as a volunteer or become a friend of the library please email

National Libraries Day 2016 at Broomhill Community Library

Broomhill library
Broomhill library

Broomhill Community Library will be celebrating National Library Day on Saturday 6 February 2016 with a series of events.

Come along between 10.30am and 4pm to join in celebrations – admission is free:

  • all day: cake stall, refreshments, book stall, Friends of Botanical Gardens stall, Rhyme & Reason books, Children’s activities – face painting, crafts
  • at 11am and 2pm: Berlie Doherty (8-12 year olds); Alan Brown (4 – 7 year olds); Jill Sinclair – illustrated talk on ‘Rediscovering the library garden’.
  • 2.30pm: Ken Thompson – Gardening question time.

Broomhill Community Library

National Libraries Day at Broomhill Community Library

Broomhill library
Broomhill library

Broomhill Community Library will be celebrating National Library Day on Saturday 7 February 2015 with a series of events based around ‘The Story of our Local Community between 1850 and 1950’.

Come along between 10.30am and 4pm to join in celebrations. At 11am local resident Adela Pankhurst (yes, that family!) will give an illustrated talk and at 2pm there’s a virtual tour of Broomhill in the past.

The Victorian Visitors will be around dressed in costume – so children are invited to come along dressed in their favourite book characters (there will be prizes!) For children too, local author and illustrator Lydia Monks will be reading and drawing at 2pm and there will be brass coin rubbing, plate doilie making and possibly a treasure hunt.

You can also expect to see displays of life from Victorian times to the 1950s with items to handle and buy – coins, donated books and baked items – from Victorian to Elizabethan recipes. All proceeds will help keep Broomhill Community Library open.

Broomhill Community Library

Last chance to give your views on library proposals

Broomhill library
Broomhill library is due to close

The campaign by Broomhill Library Action Group (BLAG) to save Broomhill library is reaching a head, with campaigners delivering leaflets and getting out and about in the community over the weekend.

The consultation period is due to end on Friday 10 January, so if you want to comment on the council proposals, you should do so before then.

BLAG is inviting Crosspool residents to join them and other library users from across the city to present petitions to the council at 1pm on Wednesday 8 January outside the Town Hall.

How you can protest against the closure of Broomhill library

BLAG on Facebook

Save Broomhill Library
Save Broomhill Library

Meeting to discuss future of Broomhill library

Broomhill Forum is to hold a public meeting at 10.30am on Saturday 9 November at the Beacon Methodist Church, Fulwood Road, Broomhill, to discuss the future of Broomhill library and give people the chance to have their say.

The council have announced that 12 libraries across Sheffield are facing closure as part of planned budget cuts. Residents of Broomhill and Crosspool have also started an online petition to keep Broomhill library open.

View/sign the petition to keep Broomhill library open

Tell the council what you think

Meeting to discuss the future of Broomhill library
Meeting to discuss the future of Broomhill library

Broomhill library and Crosspool mobile library service to be axed

Sheffield City Council has announced that Broomhill library could close within two years unless a community group comes forward to run it.

Mobile library
Crosspool mobile library will be axed

The mobile library service that visits Crosspool is also due to be scrapped.

Under the plans, just 12 of Sheffield’s 28 libraries will be saved, five will become community-led and 11 – including Broomhill and Walkley – will become ‘independent libaries’.

The council is seeking your views on the proposals.

BBC News: Half of Sheffield’s libraries facing axe

Sheffield city council library proposals

Tell the council what you think