Appeal for donations to Barnsley centre’s new library

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A community centre in Barnsley is appealing for people to donate books to its new community library.

The Barnsley Community Support Centre, based at the NUM headquarters in Huddersfield Road, opened in 2013.

It is staffed entirely by volunteers and runs courses on welfare advice training as well as helping people with computer skills and internet access.

Regional Unite community coordinator, Joe Rollin said: “We have come a long way in a short time and opening our community library is another step forward in our aim to educate.

“We particularly want people to learn about the history of the trade union movement. We have already received a couple of large donations to help get us started.

“There is no formal lending system, people just turn up and we record their name, phone number and the books that they have borrowed on our record sheet.

“There is no need to become a member or make any payments, we just trust people to be honest.”

The centre is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm. Donations can be brought to the centre - or call 01226 215557 to make arrangements.