After nearly two years of campaigning and consultation, Mitcheldean library became community-run from 1st November 2012.


Local people are continuing to maintain and develop the library, with the County Council’s financial support to pay essential bills.  To do this, we set up a co-operative for community benefit, called “GL17 Community Hub Ltd” to reflect all the different things that happen in the library.


The co-operative provides a proper legal basis for managing the library, with all the safeguards that implies.  The co-operative was registered at the end of May 2012, and officially launched on July 19th.  It has been given exempt charity status, and is registered for VAT.


Membership of the co-operative is open to all of us who live in Mitcheldean, Drybrook and Longhope and the surrounding area, including Ruardean, Lea and Huntley - indeed everyone who uses the library and wants to see it prosper!


Membership is free, and involves buying a £1 share in the co-operative (similar to most other co-operatives).  Membership benefits include:


Regular updates by newsletter

Invitation to library social events

A voice in how the library is run

Free advertising space in the library foyer

The satisfaction of supporting a vital community service


Please fill in an application form and leave it at the library with your £1 if you would like to join us and stay involved in the library’s future – your membership certificate will be forwarded to you.




To contact the website, please follow this link:


Library Telephone: 01594 544164