Several volunteers from different community libraries had the pleasure of being shown around the Gloucester Headquarters, the county offices where Gloucester libraries are supported .
Rebecca our Support Officer welcomed us into their boardroom where we enjoyed a bit of a chat and tea and biscuits. This hub organizes, administers, and distributes all that the libraries need in Gloucester.She then introduced us to a very busy lady who is also called Rebecca 🙂 she is the Country-Wide Operations Manager. She handles a varied list of things, from the Mobile libraries, to Health & Safety, liaising with the IT support, sorting delivery schedules and income generation.
Marilyn then took us around the ‘Stacks’. I use a capital letter S because there is a huge amount of them, holding an enormous amount of books in perfect, beautiful order. The first thing I noticed when I walked into the room was the overwhelming scent of old paper. Yes, many would not like that smell – but to me it is pure heaven. The only thing that would make it better would be wooden shelves, but we can’t have everything we want. 🙂
We were then shown around the green boxes. These are the boxes that we use to receive and send boxes of books to and fro between Headquarters and the libraries. The sorting room is quite large, with each library’s green boxes positioned around the rooms walls. Richard sorts through enormous amounts of books in time for the drivers to load them up and make their deliveries. They do deliveries every day, starting at 5am!
Despite all the rain and cold it was a good day and the morning was very well spent. Thank you to all those who spoke to us and explained what they do, we are very thankful to have such a dedicated group of people supporting us day after day so that community libraries like ours can thrive.