My neighbour is a 'subscriber' and pays about £1 a week to use the private/independent library. She goes to some of their events. I have been taken along to an open day and once after that when she thought I was showing some interest. It's difficult. It is quite a closed inclusive set up. The book stock, maybe 20k or thereabouts is wide ranging. There are one or two pleasant rooms in the old building. But as others may have said life and literacy and access has changed so much that it is difficult to see quite how this place fits other than into local tradition. There is now a small website which hints at a flicker of awareness of change and evolution but if they want to draw in new members, increase the purchase fund and bring the place to life it will need a good deal more. There may have been recent changes but I last visited I felt that a few hundred pounds on paint and light fittings together with some volunteers over a few weekend would make 1000% difference to the feel of the library. No doubt I have now also triggered the wrath of the crusading defender who has confronted past contributors but please bear in mind that the purpose of Tripadvisor is to draw in candid and straightforward comments for the benefit of potential users and the managers of the attraction or institution being reviewed.
Future contributors might consider what the PPL offers that is not available free elsewhere and better presented.
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