Norfolk Libraries Service will be making all 47 of its libraries available as part of the Warm Welcome campaign. The scheme supports free, warm, and welcoming spaces in communities across the UK.
Warm Welcome is a national campaign which will work with community spaces, including churches and faith groups, businesses, and local authorities, to ensure that nobody is left to suffer on their own this winter.
Libraries across Norfolk remain open for all and provide a space for people to sit in comfort and access a variety of services on offer. These include reading, doing a jigsaw, playing a board game, or joining in Just a Cuppa or activities.
Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: “Our libraries have a long history of being welcoming spaces for all, most recently evidenced by the awarding of Library of Sanctuary status for the Millennium Library in Norwich.
“We are proud to be able to join the Warm Welcome campaign, alongside the other support which is on offer from our libraries.”
Other free services available at Norfolk libraries include:
- Tea, coffee, instant soup, and hot chocolate are available during staffed hours
- Library staff and volunteers can provide visitors with trusted information about other support which is available
- A variety of bags are available for free, with no questions asked
Open Library gives people access to libraries for a total of 69 hours a week at most libraries, giving visitors access to the library, its books, computers, and spaces, even when the building is unstaffed.
You can find your nearest library at www.norfolk.gov.uk/findalibrary