Somerton Community Library Trust & Somerset County Council
Somerton Community Library is run as a community partnership between The Somerton Library Trust (SLT) and Somerset County Council (SCC).
It is one of 145 public libraries linked through LibrariesWest which is a partnership between the library services of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, Dorset, North Somerset, Poole, Somerset and South Gloucestershire. This enables you to borrow and renew books from any library throughout the consortium area.
The Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) based on a Foundation Structure.
The Trust’s Object is:
The advancement of education for the public benefit by supporting the operation and maintenance of a public library in Somerton for the benefit of local residents.
The building is leased to the Trust by Somerton Town Council. The County Council is responsible for delivering the ‘library service’ – books, DVDs, talking books, PC access and Wi-Fi. In addition to providing a ‘library service’, the Library hosts a number of community activities and organisations such as Citizens Advice.
The Trust pays SCC for the services of professional librarians and it recruits and manages volunteers to support the librarian. The Library cannot operate without the support of volunteers. Prospective volunteers are invited to read the information on the Volunteers page of this website.
Although The Trust receives an annual financial contribution from the County Council and is supported by a generous grant from the Town Council, it is heavily dependent on sponsorship and donations.