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Great Shelford library update February 2023

We look forward to seeing you in Great Shelford Library this February. Our warm welcome for the winter months continues - feel free to stay as long as you like during our regular open hours. Read a book, use our free WiFi and computers, or join in one of our social activities. This month we are hosting…..


Reading Group – Wednesday 8th February 10.30am-11.30am – Please come into library to book your place. Alternatively get in contact via


Half Term Lego Event – Wednesday 15th February 2.00pm-3.30pm – Parents and carers must stay with their children who remain their responsibility. Free event, donations of £2.00 appreciated. Limited places, please pre-book in library or via

Engage Talk: Wednesday 22nd February 2pm-3.30pm. Shackleton’s Epic Journey. A donation of £2 is appreciated. Please stay for a drink after the talk. Please pre-book in the library or via

February is LGBT+ History Month. Discover a rainbow of reading in our display of books by LGBT+ authors.


6-12 February is Children’s Mental Health Week. Reading all sorts of books for pleasure can give children a great sense of wellbeing, and we have lots they can choose from. We also have a special collection of books that support children with specific mental health problems, such as anxiety.


February is Valentine’s Day month, why not take a chance on a blind date with a book? Check out a mystery wrapped book from our display. Who knows, you might fall in love with it!


Finally, we would love to know about the books you have enjoyed so we can share with others.

Please bring the book to the counter so we can put on our readers recommendation stand.

Posted Jan 16 2023

Great Shelford library updates

Mel Abbiiss is Great Shelford's new librarian. She ill be working the same hours as Rosemary Humby, who retired in September.

Free charity workshop at Great Shelford Library with Sew Positive. 

(Limited places, booking essential online:


Escape the bustle and rush with a free festive mindful embroidery workshop at Great Shelford Library on Wednesday 7 December 2-4pm. 


Volunteers from local mental health charity, Sew Positive, will teach you to make a small craft item for yourself or as a gift, using embroidery and slow stitching - which is also excellent for calming the mind. 


Haslingfield resident Melissa Santiago-Val launched the charity in December 2020 after she set up a community project making fabric masks, garnering over 50 volunteers, which raised £40,000 for NHS Charities Together. The charity aims to bring people together who face social isolation through their services across Cambridge, using sewing, mending, upcycling and sharing skills in a safe social setting. This event is open to all and you don't need any sewing skills, but if you know how to embroider, come along and share your skills!


We will provide materials, but do bring any embroidery supplies if you have them. Limited places, booking essential online:


This is a free community event, with thanks to support from South Cambs District Council, the Cole Trust and Cambridgeshire Libraries. Children of any age are welcome with an adult also doing the workshop.


If you are interested in volunteering or donating to our work, please email and further information on our services is available on the link above.

We are also developing a Social Prescribing Pilot using Mindful sewing and mending, that will be operating hopefully in your area, so keep an eye on our channels and website for further information.

Posted Nov 29 2022

Shelford librarian retires


On Saturday 10 September, Rosemary Humby, Great Shelford Village Librarian, retired after 13 years of exemplary service to the community.

She is shown in the photograph with Francess Richardson (left), renowned village artist, with a painting of the library, commissioned by the Friend’s Group as a farewell present for Rosemary.  A small group of well-wishers gathered in Great Shelford Library for Rosemary’s last session.   Helen Harwood, Chairman of the Friends group, said farewell to Rosemary on behalf of all library users, volunteers and Friends and presented her with cards, gifts and the painting.

Rosemary has seen the local library through funding crises and Covid closures, remaining always patient, ever helpful and committed to the library and those who use and enjoy it.  She will be much missed.

Sarah Coppendale 

Posted Sept 12 2022

Shelford library October update

During week commencing 3rd October the Friends of Great Shelford Library will be holding their Annual Book Sale at the library to celebrate Libraries Week, with proceeds being used to help the library. Their lovely blue tote bags will also be on sale so do come and fill them up!

During Libraries Week, there will also be a Sensory Storytime held at Great Shelford Library on Thursday 6th October at 2pm. Please contact us to book a place as numbers will be limited.

Our October Engage talk will feature Tony Kirby on the History of the British Seaside. It will be at 2pm on October 26. Please contact the library to book a place. There’s no charge for the talk but if you stay for refreshments a donation of £2 would be appreciated.

With the rising cost of living at the forefront of people’s minds, please remember that membership of Cambridgeshire Libraries is free and you can choose from books and online magazines/daily papers, e-audiobooks and e-books. Use of the public computers is free, as is our public Wi-Fi. We also offer photocopying and printing for a small charge and free scanning. There is a free bus pass application/renewal service and we also offer short computer lessons with our volunteer Digital Buddy (these need to be pre-booked).

Families with children can come to our free Storytime sessions for children aged 0-4 years (10.30am on the first and third Tuesday each month during term time). Colouring pictures, stickers and certificates are also available for children in the library and there’s an accessible customer toilet with baby change facilities.

If you’re looking to learn, joining the library gives you free access to online dictionaries, family histories, biographies, newspaper cuttings, maps, plans and much more.

Would-be entrepreneurs can get a helping hand with advice on starting businesses through the Business and IP Centre. The resources will allow you to research your market, identify opportunities and make well-informed decisions when developing your business plans.

Here are three events which are coming up at the library during October:

For more information about what’s on offer at libraries in Cambridgeshire visit:


Contact details: 

Telephone: 0345 045 5225. Email:

Posted Sept 13 2022

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September library update

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE: thank you to everyone who has taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge this summer – we hope you had fun! The official finishing date is 3rd September, but you can keep going until Saturday 10th September. Please make sure staff know that you have finished. The awards ceremony is at 4pm on Friday 23rd September.


STORYTIME IS BACK! Great Shelford Library’s Storytime for ages 0-4 years will be back from September onwards and there’s no need to pre-book. Sessions will run from 10.30-11am on the first and third Tuesday each month (term time only).

BIG BOOK SALE: the Friends of Great Shelford Library would be pleased to receive donations of books in excellent condition for their sale in the library during Libraries Week in October.

DO YOU NEED HELP WITH BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS? Please speak to staff at the library, as we can arrange for you to have a short one-to-one session with our Digital Buddy volunteer. We can also help with bus pass applications and renewals. Sessions are on Tuesdays and by appointment only.

POP IN AND CHAT: there will be another supportive get-together for parents and carers of children with additional needs on Wednesday 14th September from 1.30-2.30pm. Children are very welcome too. Please pre-book a place: phone 01954 284 672 or email:

ENGAGE TALK: Wednesday September 21st from 2-3.30pm. A talk by Kate Armstrong: An Unexpected Journey. The life of an Officer’s Wife in the Dying Days of the Empire. Please pre-book in the library or via Donation of £2 appreciated.

Posted Aug 30 2022

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Great Shelford library opening times

  • Monday:3pm – 7pm

  • Tuesday:10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm

  • Wednesday:10am – 1pm

  • Thursday: Closed

  • Friday:10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm

  • Saturday:10am – 1pm

  • Sunday: Closed.

Facilities and Equipment

  • Street parking is usually available on Woollards Lane CB22 5LZ outside of the library.  The nearest public car park is across the street by the Memorial Hall. 

  • There are bike racks outside the library.

  • Bus service Citi 7 stops in nearby Tunwells Lane. Shelford railway station is 5 minutes walk away. 

  • Toilet

  • PhotocopierA4, black and white and colour

  • Printer - A4 black and white, and colour

  • Scanner

  • Computers -  eight for adults and two for children.

  • Book a computer online

  • Free WiFi

  • You don't need to have a library card to use the library facilities.

What's on at Great Shelford library

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