La Biblioteka
We did it
On 19th March 2019 we successfully raised £3,519 with 82 supporters in 14 days

Help us launch the new La Biblioteka kiosk & bookshop, studio and project space as part of the Kommune food hall at Sheffield's Castle House

by La Biblioteka in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Wow! - thanks so much for helping us get to this point! Reaching our stretch goal would hugely reduce the amount we need to borrow and allow us to increase our offer, programming and reach - and do it all a lot more effectively. 

Why a Stretch Target?
 

We’ve set a new stretch target of £8000 which we want to try and reach by our crowdfunding deadline.

Our initial target represented only a proportion of the project’s overall cost and we had envisaged still needing to turn to conventional (and expensive) bank funding for some of the overall cost. With your continued support that might no longer be necessary, meaning our resources will be focused on books not banks.

If we can reach the stretch target it will mean that we are able to propel La Biblioteka into its new, larger home and create these inspiring new spaces entirely through internal investment, your pledges through this campaign and our existing cash-flow facilities.

Additional Elements 

Achieving the stretch target would also make the following additional elements to the project possible:

- Improving signage throughout the shop, including adding ornate standing signposts to help visitors navigate the newly expanded space;

- Enabling us to use durable and environmentally friendly birch-ply for all new shelving; 

- Massively improving the efficiency of La Biblioteka BTS, enabling to introduce new processing, packaging and order systems much sooner than anticipated;

- Increase the reach and potential of Choriso Studio, offering fun and varied printmaking workshops and events to people of all ages and abilities.


La Biblioteka is growing! This Spring we will be moving across the city of Sheffield into a hugely exciting new development in the Castlegate area - Kommune, a new social space in the historic Castle House, from Tamper and the Kollider group.

More than just additional floor and shelf space, we're determined to create and programme a bold and exciting proposition that reminds everyone how exciting reading can be and show that there's still life in physical spaces that can inspire and delight. 

We'd outgrown our previous premises on Pinstone Street, opposite the Peace Gardens, but understand that loads of locals and visitors to our city found their way to our bookshelves, making it a buzzy little gem - even though that wonderful busyness could make it hard to run. This new space will offer us the opportunity to move our zero-waste offer, biblio.zero, our  riso printing studio and small publishing press, Choriso Studio as well, and space to curate talks, exhibitions, events, workshops, pop-ups, fairs... there are so many possibilities with this new space!

And we would love you to help and support this next chapter through this crowdfunder! we've got a fairly unique idea about what a contemporary magazine and bookshop should look and feel like. Together with the best local and international makers, editors, publishers and suppliers, we're ready to make this happen! 

A bookish space for everyone

A bigger La Biblioteka will also mean: 

- an in-house event space meaning we can host authors, editors and other speakers, without fear of the over-crowding we had before!

- vastly improved access and comfort for people with mobility issues

- more opportunities to collaborate with our friends and newcomers to the indie business scene across the city

- a space that welcomes everyone, whether book buffs, mag fans, or the print-agnostics, a place that enhances the city imaginatively and attracts visitors and locals alike.

Our story so far

La Biblioteka is a contemporary magazine and bookshop, a project started in 2015 by, now husband and wife, Alex and Julie. 

Conceived as a way to both improve the Sheffield streetscape, and introduce a new culture-led experiential retail offer, seen elsewhere, to the city. 

After beginning to trade as nomadic purveyors - think fairs, markets and pop-ups - we’ve built a loyal and growing customer base from our previous city centre location on Pinstone Street, the whole design of which was to help you discover new books and magazines, new ideas and encourage interdisciplinary thinking. 

We've had our short recognised by design and retail awards, and have been featured in articles in The Independent and The Guardian, but, honestly, the remarkable praise from customers and visitors and genuine feedback we receive is the most appreciated recognition and what keeps us going on the tough days - we often get told we wouldn't look out of place in this or that place or city, but we feel that proud northern towns shouldn't dismiss ambition and quality, but foster and encourage it.

We think we're part of a larger movement across the city, of locals doing a great little thing, and thus becoming part of a encouraging movement towards a better place for everyone to live - our little bookshop feeds and feeds off of this.

And so when the opportunity to be part of Kommune presented itself, along with the wider Kollider project, we jumped at it. This is a very exciting next step in our development, positioning us amongst some of Sheffield’s best loved traders, creating a new nexus for independent culture and entertainment. We can't wait to see what the possibilities will be with such energy under one roof.

From the Kollider team:

'Kommune brings Sheffield’s landmark Castle House back into use as a vibrant, communal place, forming part of the Kollider project, which is aimed at transforming this significant building and historic area of our city centre.

Open early, till late, this new meeting place is home to a diverse choice of great tasting food, an artisanal bakery and speciality coffee, independent retail and an iconic bar, serving everything from local brews to organic wines and an eclectic mix of cocktails.'

Why Crowdfund?

The cost of this move and expansion can and will in part be funded from the business’ cash-flow, existing resources and from our own further investment. La Biblioteka has been soundly and profitably run with an increasing turnover currently growing at about 50% year on year (thank you!) and we do have a robust business plan going forward.  

However, this is an urgent, necessary and large-scale project (our shop floor space will expand by 80%) which represents the perfect opportunity for La Biblioteka to offer much more to our community and our visitors, just as Britain’s high streets are coming under threat.  
That’s why, to do this properly and quickly, we’re turning to our many loyal customers and supporters in Sheffield and beyond. Raising funds through crowdfunding will provide the capital needed to bring our new space and studio to life. Your money will be spent directly on creating these amazing spaces with the help of local traders, craftspeople and artists.

The Rewards

This crowdfunding campaign hopes to reward the people that support us through our next steps. Rewards include print selection boxes, generous gift cards (also redeemable online), subscriptions (expect more of these over time) and - for the first time ever! -  membership offers. We don't expect to fund the whole venture through this crowdfunding, but we hope to reduce expensive bank borrowing costs. 

Every one of our backers will receive a handwritten thank you, written on a special edition mini print, designed and printed by our risograph sister studio, Choriso Studio, and will be thanked on our website. 

We also hope to fill our space with Bibliophiles from launch day - all backers will receive an invite to opening night, and higher backers will be invited to the VIP launch. In return, you get to be part of a growing community of print aficionados, keen to share ideas and encourage discovery, amongst our 300+ magazine titles and growing book list.

Risks and challenges

The project is fully costed. We have secured a premises, with an initial three year lease. We have a good relationship with the landlord, developer and project manager.

To keep costs entirely controlled and managed we have designed and manufactured the shop fittings and shelving units ourselves. This means that we can make the units freestanding and movable to other locations should the need arise - we hope it doesn't.

We have established accounts with some key independent suppliers and have many contacts directly with magazine and print makers locally and around the world.

Having done this for a few years, we know most of the mistakes you can make - we've probably made all of them! We've got some great ideas of how to push this forward and establish a sustainable business that is loved by many across the city.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£45 or more

Feed me print 'thank you'

We'll flex our curatorial recommendation muscles and send you a selection of 3 marvelous independent magazines - our bread and butter - be sure to select the 'theme' you prefer, but our selection will encourage interdisciplinary thinking! + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite

£5 or more

A digital 'thank you'

We'll send each backer an individual thank you email and add your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list. You are also invited you to the launch, where you can browse our new space, and get to know fellow Bibliophiles over a drink in our new space.

£10 or more

A printed 'thank you'

We'll send each backer an special 'launch edition' mini risograph print (designed and produced by our sister project Choriso Studio) via post, with our heartfelt thanks expressed on the reverse, alongside a special edition pin badge, and add your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list. You are also invited you to the launch, where you can browse our new space, and get to know fellow Bibliophiles over a drink in our new space.

£15 or more

A bag of thanks

We’ll give you a new limited edition La Biblioteka book bag and special 'launch edition' mini riso print, with our heartfelt thanks expressed on the reverse, and add your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list. You are also invited you to the launch, where you can browse our new space, and get to know fellow Bibliophiles over a drink in our new space.

£25 or more

A Fine Read 'thank you'

Need a recommendation? We'll send you a book, or mag, of our choosing from this seasons best releases. Leave a few comments after you pledge and we'll tailor our suggestion, to make an ideal bespoke gift for you or someone else + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite

£30 or more

5 of 30 claimed

Weekend Risograph Printing Worshop 'thank you'

Open to all! No experience necessary! For those looking for an introduction to the riso printing process or a chance to trial a selection of pieces using Risograph. After a short technical introduction, we will be on hand to answer any questions, show you a thing or two as well as discuss paper and inks. You will have the opportunity to make an edition of 2 colour prints + Mini Print + Book Bag + supporters’ website list + launch invite

£30 or more

15 of 36 claimed

Evening Risograph Printing Worshop 'thank you'

Open to all! No experience necessary! For those looking for an introduction to the riso printing process or a chance to trial a selection of pieces using Risograph. After a short technical introduction, we will be on hand to answer any questions, show you a thing or two as well as discuss paper and inks. You will have the opportunity to make an edition of 2 colour prints + Mini Print + Book Bag + supporters’ website list + launch invite

£50 or more

1 of 50 claimed

The 'Coffee Table' bonus Gift Card

Pledge £50 To Receive £60 Gift Card to spend at La Biblioteka! Change (currently) cannot be given, but it can be used across all items, events and subscriptions. Can be redeemed in person at the shop, or at laBiblioteka.co for UK delivery.

£60 or more

1 of 30 claimed

The Holiday Stack 'thank you'

Name a destination and we’ll put together the perfect literary travel bag for you or a friend. We’ll choose and wrap four magazines and books (fiction or narrative non-fiction) themed to the location of your choice + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite

£100 or more

0 of 30 claimed

The Bookshelf Gift Card

Pledge £100 To Receive £120 Gift Card To spend at La Biblioteka! Change (currently) cannot be given, but it can be used across all items, events and subscriptions. Can be redeemed in person at the shop, or at laBiblioteka.co for UK delivery.

£150 or more

2 of 30 claimed

The Biblioteka Indie Selection

Over the course of a year, Subscription members will receive a handpicked book every month, from one of our roster of independent publishers, as well as some other goodies... they are invited to tailor the service to their preferences, making it the ideal bespoke present + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite (UK only, 6 month and DD options available online

£175 or more

Our Favourite 'thank you' Reads

We will send you 12 wrapped books, a mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, that we're enjoying this Spring, to make sure you are topped through to the Summer + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite

£175 or more

Our Favourite 'thank you' Mags

We will send you 12 wrapped magazines, a veritable selection box of print that we're enjoying this Spring, to make sure you are topped up through to the Summer + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite

£200 or more

0 of 6 claimed

The Curated Shelf 'thank you

You can curate your own “favourites” shelf in reading corner at La Biblioteka for six months. We'll display six of your favourite titles on your own named shelf in pride of place alongside the Biblioteka team favourites and you can spread the word about them to other customers by completing your own La Bib handwritten review cards + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our supporters’ website list + launch invite

£250 or more

The C Membership 'thank you'

You’ll receive Cyan (C) Membership of La Biblioteka which will give you 6% off all future purchases of books and magazines from La Biblioteka whether at the shop or online. We will give you a personal non-transferable black membership card and secure web-code + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite

£360 or more

0 of 30 claimed

The Biblioteka Cookery Selection

Over the course of a year, Subscription members receives a beautifully-wrapped new cookbook every month, according to their tastes; they are invited to tailor the service to their preferences, making it the ideal bespoke present + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite (UK only, 6 month and DD options available online)

£400 or more

The M Membership 'thank you'

You’ll receive Magenta (M) Membership of La Biblioteka which will give you 9¾% off all future purchases of books and magazines from La Biblioteka whether at the shop or online. We will give you a personal non-transferable black membership card and secure web-code + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite

£500 or more

The Y Membership 'thank you'

You’ll receive Yellow (Y) Membership of La Biblioteka which will give you 13% off all future purchases of books and magazines from La Biblioteka whether at the shop or online. We will give you a personal non-transferable black membership card and secure web-code + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite

£750 or more

The K Membership 'thank you'

You’ll receive Black (K) Membership of La Biblioteka which will give you 22% off all future purchases of books and magazines from La Biblioteka whether at the shop or online. We will give you a personal non-transferable black membership card and secure web-code + Riso Mini Print + enamel pin + La Biblioteka Book Bag + your name to our Bibliophiles supporters’ website list + launch invite


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