Transform The Old Library, Eastville!

by oldlibrary in Bristol

We did it
On 12th June 2016 we successfully raised £3,360 with 95 supporters in 56 days

Let's transform the Eastville Library into a 100% volunteer run, vibrant social hub, for the community, by the community!

by oldlibrary in Bristol

Let's transform Eastville Library, Bristol into a 100% volunteer run, vibrant social hub, for the community, by the community!

Our only community building, closed due to budget cuts. This fund will help us get started on the road to providing education, social inclusion, digital access & workshops for all ages & backgrounds, for thousands of people in this area. We are a group of residents, and have no financial backing from the council. We desperately need your help!



We are South Lockleaze & Purdown Neighbourhood Group C.I.C. a recently formed group of passionate residents who aim to build a more social, safe and strong community within the heart of North Bristol.  We have fought and succeeded in taking on Eastville Library as a community space, and now we need your help to turn this vision into reality.



Eastville Library was the first library to be built after WW2 and the only community facility in this area. The library was sadly closed by Bristol City Council in March 2016 due to budget cuts, but had given us 66 years as a vital community facility and much needed social hub for the residents of Eastville, South Lockleaze, Purdown and further afield. This ward falls into the top 10% of the UK's most deprived areas, and closing this space has removed the last of our access to social, digital & educational activities. 

With no other community facility in the area, our newly formed residents group took it upon ourselves to fight for this building to be transferred to our community, with the idea that together, through people power and great community spirit, we could transform the building into a 100% volunteer run, vibrant multi-use space that helps us bring together people & families, and enable us to lead a project that we as a neighbourhood and the wider City of Bristol can be proud of.



The vision is to provide activities and workshops, a community cafe, play area, edible & sensory garden, along with a community run book swap, computers and lounge space. The building and garden space provide a gateway to our beloved Purdown and we want to create a space where we can gather, learn, socialise & share, empowering our community to make positive changes and providing resources that our neighbourhood truly wants, and needs.



This grassroots project is being driven solely by volunteers, and aims to be fully independent and self-sufficient in the long run. This project will be receiving no council funding and so we need as much help as we can get, financially and otherwise, to achieve this vision. 

We want to create a hire space, that is partitioned from the main public space, which will be hired out to help fund the building, garden and activities in the long run. This requires skills and materials that we must find funding for before it can happen.

We want to make the space accessible, with improvements for wheelchairs and toilet improvements, so that everyone can benefit from the space.We believe a community cafe can provide a real focus point for the space, but this is going to require upgrades to a kitchen (currently a basic kitchenette with no cooking facilities), a counter, and basic crockery & utensils to enable us to get started!

Together we want to decorate & renovate through group craft activities, workshops, make days & building additions, such as a mural, hanging baskets & displays of local artwork. We also need to kit out the space with furniture, computers, WiFi & more, that will need an initial fund to help.

We also need to pay for vital fees & costs such as professional fees, insurance and utilities, which although the space will pay for in the longer term, we need an initial boost to just get us off the ground!


What will money raised be spent on?

£1500 means we can pay legal and professional fees, utilities, and insurance, to open the doors and get started.

£5000 will allow us to create a hire space that will generate income for the space to be financially self-sufficient.

£10000 provide a community kitchen space & cafe to get people through the doors, and create a wonderful resting place for local people, walkers & families alike.

£20000 will help us to provide an accessible toilet and access for wheelchairs to the garden space. 



People from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds have used this library space in the past 66 years, and the closure of this space has been devastating for children, adults, families and the elderly alike. 

We truly believe that keeping this space for the community is vital to improving the wellbeing and happiness of thousands of residents and visitors to the beautiful green space of Purdown and Stoke Park. 

Every penny helps, and just a few hundred pounds will enable us to open the doors and start transforming this space into a real community hub. 

We are extremely grateful for just a few pounds, or more, or, even if you can't donate any money, please get in touch to share your skills, knowledge, experience or just to get involved with the activities that are going to be taking place in the coming months and years!

Thank you so much in advance, and please help us by sharing the project with your friends, family & anyone who has a passion for community spirit. We really do appreciate everyone who is helping to make this vision a reality.




If you'd prefer not to receive a reward from the crowdfunding page, donate a different amount, discuss a donation offline or regular donations, or want to offer time, skills or materials instead, please just pop us an email [email protected] or call Emily on 07931541029! Thank you :)


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A big thank you for believing in this project!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A big thank you for believing in this project!

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A free coffee & cake at The Old Library!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A beautifully printed "Old Library" tote bag (aka a cloth bag-for-life!) Organic cotton & inks.

£100 or more

3 of 20 claimed

£100 Reward

A free place on a Steve England Woodcraft workshop to create items for the Old Library or for home!

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Free coffee & cake for two, and a beautifully printed tote bag!

£250 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£250 Reward

Sponsor a bookcase unit within The Old Library (+ name it!)

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Get your logo, description & a link to your website on our webpage + a social barrage of thanks on Twitter & Facebook!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

We will engrave a plaque in words of your choice for on a tree, raised bed or mural, as a memorial or dedication.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Get your company in our foyer on our "Wall of Supporters", onto our website, a social "thanks" on Twitter & Facebook, and a mention of support in the local newspaper.

£800 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£800 Reward

We will buy a bench with an engraved plaque with words of your choice, for the garden. For memorial or dedication.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Photo with our community & The Old Library, holding your logo/banner, social (Twitter & Facebook thanks), logo on wall-of-support, a mention of support in the local newspaper & website links/logo.

£2,500 or more

£2,500 Reward

Press Release, invite to have a stand at our outdoor events & logo within local newspaper, corporate photos with your banner & our community space. Please get in touch to discuss this option!

£5,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£5,000 Reward

Regular PR, included on leaflets distributed to over 1000 homes, within the local newspaper, corporate photos, website, social, & displayed large as "with special thanks to" on our wall-of-supporters. Stand at outdoor events. Please get in touch to discuss this option!

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