Project information

Brent SOS Mobile Library

To provide a Mobile Library in place of closed Libraries for children and young people and older people in London Borough of Brent. We want to reach all those people who have been deprived fo their local Library after the closure of 6 libraries and support the fun of reading and knowledge.

March 2013 - December 2016

Charity information

Friends Of Barham Library

Friends Of Barham Library logo
  • Need


    Many local people (especially children and young people) have lost out as a result of the closure of 6 local libraries. Regular use of Libraries is down despite the fact that reading is recognised as very important. There are now far too few libraries in Brent and these are either too difficult or expensive to get to. Library use has plummeted as a result of the closures.


    The Mobile Library supported by a consortia of local library groups will bring a Library Service to those people who have lost out as a result of the closures. We will identify the areas in greatest need and bring books and related activities into their community. A Mobile Library bus will be a different and exciting approach which we will make a fun experience and us it to encourage the love of books and reading.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise enough money to buy a 2nd hand Mobile Library and have enough money to operate it.


    » Hold regular Quiz Nights
    » Sell surplus books and other materials at various Fairs and community events
    » Launch a borough wide Appeal

    Success will be raising around £25,000 to enable us to purchase a emissions compliant 2nd hand Mobile Library and have enough money for 1 year's worth of running costs.

  • Impact


    It will provide a Library service to large areas in London Borough of Brent which have lost out as a result of the recent closure of 6 libraries. It will help to support voluntary libraries set up by local people and promote reading, learning and education in generally.


    There are no risks. If we do not raise enough money it will not start.


    Through regular newsletters, websites, facebook, emails or what ever their preference may be.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Mobile Library 2nd hand Mobile Library
      £4,000 Mobile Library Emmissions conversion for London
      £3,000 Running costs Insurance
      £4,000 Running costs Driver training
      £2,000 Running costs Annual running costs
  • Background


    London Borough of Brent in London with a multicultural population of around 280,000. The plan is to move around the Borough to reach as many communities and people as possible.


    Local people of different backgrounds in a borough where around 150 different languages are spoken. The main target audience are children and young people who have lost out most by the closure of their local library.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the lead charity of a number of Friends of Library organisations. There is no one else running a similar project or responding by providing a library service to large parts of our area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Friends Of Barham Library

    We already operate a Volunteer Library from a local school. We are a partner in a Consortia of other Volunteer Groups.

    Friends Of Kensal Rise Library

    Another active Friends Group providing volunteers and support.

    Friends Of Preston Library

    Another active Friends Group providing volunteers and support.

    Friends Of Cricklewood Library

    Another active Friends Group providing volunteers and support.


This will pay for a 2nd hand Mobile Library

"Reading is so important and such fun for people of all ages but especially the young"

Gabriella Henry at 7 our Youngest Volunteer