Opening Hours & Contact Details:
Library Opening Hours are:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2.30-5.00
Monday and Friday 6.00-7.30
The library is located at one end of the Arkenstall Village Centre, at 7 Station Road. Telephone 01353 740624
Library Coordinator: Sally MacEachern
Haddenham Library is a volunteer staffed library. Borrowers must be members of Cambridgeshire Libraries, but membership is free and can be applied for in the space of a few minutes at Haddenham Library. Members can then borrow a maximum of 12 books for a period of 3 weeks. Books may be renewed 3 times (unless they have been requested elsewhere). Many books not available on the shelves can be ordered through the Library Service for collection at Haddenham Library.
Haddenham Library also offers:
free public access to two computers with internet access
free wifi (you need to sign up with an e-mail address)
laminator (up to A3 size)
spoken word CDs
books for sale
information on local events
Every summer, Haddenham Library joins the Summer Reading Challenge in association with the Reading Agency and Cambridgeshire County Council. The scheme promotes reading for children during the school summer holiday, with each child reading six books of their choice. They are rewarded by collecting stickers for a logbook each week. Children who complete the challenge are presented with a medal and certificate at a special ceremony in late September.
The Reading Group is a small group of readers who meet monthly to discuss a selection of books. These books are selected by the group and ordered through the Library service.
Donations of books in good condition, particularly recent novels, are always
welcome. Please note that we are unable to accept encyclopedias, study guides
or other dated material. If you have a large quantity of books, please contact the Library first as we have limited storage space. Duplicates and books not on the library catalogue will be sold to raise money for the library.
The Friends of Haddenham Library
A small group of varied individuals, some from other village organisations, who meet periodically to discuss management and fundraising. New faces and ideas always welcome. Membership of the Friends is open to anyone with an interest in the continuation of the library service in the village.
The Village Archive
Haddenham has been very fortunate in that Freda Crofts (see below) collected a great deal of material over many years, including parish registers, burial records, photographs and newspapers clippings, to form the basis of the village archive. It has since been added to with donations from local people and the Haddenham Local History Group, who now look after it. There are albums containing photographs of events, people and locations around the village as well as scrapbooks with newspaper cuttings relevant to the village, transcriptions of old documents (including the census records for the village from 1841 to 1911), and a growing collection of local family and house histories. We have recently been given many photographs from the late Paul Mason’s wildlife collection.
Most of the archive can also now be viewed in digital form on the Local History computer.
The Library also holds an extensive Local Studies collection. Most of the books in this section are about Cambridgeshire and the Fens, with many relating to Haddenham and Ely.
The Haddenham Library first opened its doors on 14th September 1964. It was situated in the old Co-Op china shop, at 12 High Street. Freda Crofts was the Librarian, and later Mary Russell was her deputy. In 1972 it moved from the High Street into the Arkenstall Centre where it is currently situated.
During the 1990s, the Library came under threat of closure from the County Council for the first time. It was after a meeting to discuss the closure, that the Friends of Haddenham Library was formed in 1995 with the objective of promoting all Library activities. Despite attempts by the Friends to keep the Library open, it eventually closed on the 6th September 2003.
In the meantime, the Friends considered the options, and after discussion and consultation, and with public support, decided to reinstate the Library as a voluntary enterprise. The Haddenham Library was reopened on 27th October 2003 by local author Jean Adamson, writer of the Topsy and Tim children’s books.
The Library service provided approximately 1,000 books and the computer issuing system, as well as some financial help. This was on condition that the Library achieved stipulated borrowing levels, applicable for three years until Autumn 2006.
In the first year, more books were obtained through gifts, donations and purchases. Regular purchases and donations ensure that the stock is frequently refreshed, and the Library now has just under 7,000 volumes on its shelves.