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

Our Latest News : We are opening on Tuesday 11th August 2pm until 4pm and Saturday 15th August between 10am and 12 midday

The cafe services will not be available at these times please abide by social distancing measures; wear a face mask and sanitize your hands on entry we look forward to seeing you. All loans have been extended until 5th September and no overdue fines will be charged between 17th March 2020 – 5th September 2020.

New Opening Hours

We are opening Tuesday 11th August between 2pm and 4pm and Saturday 15th August between 10am and midday for return […]

Click and Collect is here!

Leicestershire Libraries are offering a click and collect service in advance of libraries reopening to customers. This enables registered library members to request a selection of books chosen by library staff, based on details of their favourite genres or authors.

Archaeology Digital Week

From 11th to 19th July the CBA will be running a digital Festival, with a programme of online events for people to take part in.

How do I renew my books and other items?

There is no need to renew your library items as all items will now not be due back to the library until 5th September 2020. We will review this date and extend it as necessary should libraries remain closed. You can renew your loans online if you wish on the Leicestershire County Council website.Will I have to pay extra for audiobooks, playaways or DVDs that I have out on loan? No, any additional charges for these items will be waived when they are returned. Can I still put a hold / request any library items? No, as all libraries are closed we cannot access the stock so unfortunately no requests will be processed until libraries reopen. How do I collect an item I have already put a hold on? Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide access to items that customers have already put on hold. We will keep these for you and you will be able to pick them up when libraries reopen.

Will I have to pay extra for audiobooks, playaways or DVDs that I have out on loan?

No, any additional charges for these items will be waived when they are returned. Can I still put a hold / request any library items? No, as all libraries are closed we cannot access the stock so unfortunately no requests will be processed until libraries reopen. How do I collect an item I have already put a hold on? Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide access to items that customers have already put on hold. We will keep these for you and you will be able to pick them up when libraries reopen. You can cancel your holds online if you wish. Ebooks, Eaudiobooks, Emagazines and Enewspapers. Leicestershire libraries offer a wide range of resources available to download onto your smartphone, Mac, PC, laptop, tablet or e-reader. Please go to our website to get more information on how to use this servicewww.leicestershire.gov.uk/libraries

How do I collect an item I have already put a hold on?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide access to items that customers have already put on hold. We will keep these for you and you will be able to pick them up when libraries reopen. You can cancel your holds online if you wish.

E-books, E-audiobooks, E-magazines and E-newspapers.

Leicestershire libraries offer a wide range of resources available to download onto your smartphone, Mac, PC, laptop, tablet or e-reader. Please go to our website to get more information on how to use this servicewww.leicestershire.gov.uk/libraries
If your query has not been covered by these FAQs, please contact Leicestershire County Council Libraries us on 0116 305 2695 or email us at libraries@leics.gov.uk

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.
Maurice Loft

Maurice Loft

Trustee
A fairly new resident of Ratby Mo brings enthusiasm, imagination and energy to Ratby library as the Volunteer Coordinator.
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.