Welcome to Ratby Library
Ratby Community Library
Welcomes You
Welcome to Ratby Library side view of building
Ratby Community Library
Welcomes You

Library Events

Find out about all forthcoming and past events organised by the Ratby Library
Quiz Nights At Ratby Library

Quiz Night 13th April 2018

Ratby Library Quiz Night @ Ratby Library Friday 13th April 2018 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm Stephen Roche will be […]

Board Games Afternoon 5th April 2018

Board Games Afternoon 5th April 2018

Board Games Afternoon @ Ratby Library Thursday 5th April 2018 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm Come along and have fun […]

Easter Coffee Morning 2018

Easter Coffee Morning & Car Boot 24th March 2018

Easter Coffee Morning & Car Boot Sale @ Ratby Library Saturday 24th March 2018 10.00 am – 2.00 pm   […]

Our Latest News

Keep up to date with the latest news from the Ratby Community Library
Ratby Library Skype Ecuador

Ratby Calls Ecuador on Skype

Ratby & Groby Labour party held a meeting in the library for an invited audience to listen to a talk […]

Ratby Library Book Club

Ratby Book Club

The first meeting of a book club was held in the Library on Monday 20th February 2017. Five of the […]

Ratby Library First Anniversary

First Anniversary For Ratby Library

On the 8th of February 2017 customers and volunteers celebrated the first full year of Ratby library being a Community […]

Childrens Reading Support Group Ratby

Childrens Reading Support

Our January 2015 questionnaire, delivered to every Ratby home drew support for our idea that children should be offered opportunities […]

Ratby History Group Display

Ratby Local History Group Display

During the Queens 90th Birthday celebration there was also interest in the work of the Ratby Local History Group which […]

Queens 90th Birthday Banner

Ratby Celebrates Queens 90th

Mollie, from Groby Community College’s graphic and photographic arts department created a banner with a modern ‘twist’ on the celebration […]

Our Beginning

How we founded the community library for our village

We started life as the Ratby Library Group, formed in September 2014 when it became apparent that cuts in expenditure, forced upon Leicestershire County Council by the Government through swingeing cuts to its local government grant, meant some uncomfortable choices were having to be considered. With libraries being considered a 'soft' target compared to more critical front-line services, a group was formed to examine options that would keep our library 'alive'. A 10-year lease on the property is owned by the Ratby Library & Community Group, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission (Reg. No. 1164252) and we aim to ensure it remains community managed and operated.

We do hope the residents of Ratby and surrounding areas come and visit the cafe and library as doing so supports us. Over 70% of those who responded to our questionnaire felt that the community library project was worthy of support so that we can have, and develop further into the future, this important village amenity. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Give Us A Helping Hand By Volunteering

The Charity's Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall strategic direction and control of the Ratby Library and Community Group. Our trustees play an essential role in ensuring that the charity runs smoothly, all contributing their time as volunteers. We meet on a monthly basis to discuss strategy and policy if you have any queries please contact us.
Ken Hunnybun

Ken Hunnybun

Chair of Trustees
Having worked in the Youth Service with experience of managing volunteers. He is committed to developing the library building as a community resource while maintaining the library for Ratby residents.
Avril Hunnybun

Avril Hunnybun

Trustee Secretary
Having lived in the village since 1983 and a regular library user, I am committed in working to keep the library and cafe as a going concern, both being an important part of the life in the village.
Atul Jobanputra

Atul Jobanputra

Trustee Treasurer
Having ran the village post office for many years, Atul offers the Board his experience and knowledge of business management, marketing, fund raising.
Dan Green

Dan Green

Youth Trustee
A lifelong resident of the village Dan offers the Board his local knowledge alongside strong relationships with the local schools. His youth brings fresh, new ideas to the table with a focus on new technologies.
Adrian Russell

Adrian Russell

Trustee
Having worked for over 15 years managing his own companies, Nathan offers the Board his experience and knowledge of business development, marketing, fund raising and web development.

Our Supporters

Thank you to all our valued supporters for helping us to continue shaping Ratby Community Library's future in the village.