Stradbroke Library praised and scoops national award

Maureen John, (middle) Manager of Stradbroke Library receiving the EDGE social award from Jenny Peachey (left), Policy Officer at Carnegie Trust UK and Alistair Gaw, Executive Director of Communities and Families at the City of Edinburgh Council. ANL-160803-093146001

Maureen John, (middle) Manager of Stradbroke Library receiving the EDGE social award from Jenny Peachey (left), Policy Officer at Carnegie Trust UK and Alistair Gaw, Executive Director of Communities and Families at the City of Edinburgh Council. ANL-160803-093146001

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A north Suffolk library — one of the most unique in the country — has scooped a national award.

Stradbroke Library Post Office, based at The Courthouse in Queen Street, launched in 2014. The Courthouse, first built in 1854 at a cost of £554, is now the home of the library, Post Office counter, a community café, and the village’s digital archive.

The increasing number of visits and issues, not to mention the increase in non-users visiting the library, is testimony to the success of the initiative

It came first in the EDGE ‘Social’ category at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday.

The judges said: “Stradbroke Library Post Office exemplifies how libraries can be the heart of the community, and the vital role both libraries and post offices play in enhancing community life and wellbeing.

“The increasing number of visits and issues, not to mention the increase in non-users visiting the library, is testimony to the success of the initiative. Through co-location and working in partnership with the local community and by looking to increase its income, Stradbroke embodies a forward-looking and engaged way of working that is as exciting as it is commendable.”