About this cause
This is a private members' library, but our facilities are open to the public. The library contains 12,000 fiction and reference books, and a local archive consisting of local history books, documents and the Epworth Bells newspaper from 1872 on. We provide a valuable resource for both family history and local history in The Isle of Axholme. Talks are given at local societies about the history of the Mechanics and topics on local history. We are one of the few remaining Mechanics' Institutes in Great Britain, having been formed in 1837. Although not a registered charity, we are treated as such by the local authority, which give us a significant reduction in business rates. The library is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and is governed by a board of trustees and a management committee.
How this cause brings people in the community together
This will enable local members and visitors to pursue their interests in family history and local history, as well as access a unique library. We will be able to provide a much better and more efficient experience. Local people and visitors regularly use our archive to pursue their interests and carry out research. Students also often use these facilities.