Welcome to our Website
Friends of Cobbett Road Library (FCRL) is an informal group of people of all ages who meet at monthly intervals in the library. FCRL initially came into being to protect a greatly valued community asset and members set about publicising their cause in the local newspaper, putting posters in their windows. Since then the FCRL and Cobbett Road Library have gone from strength to strength organising events, activities and, with Library staff, making the library the centre of a friendly and lively local community.
Personnel changes at Cobbett
SCA have appointed Jess to the vacancy left by Tom. She is due to start on March 20
We haven't forgotten about our occasional Friday evening talks, and on March 9 Dr Cheryl Butler gave an excellent presentation about Jane Austen and Southampton. More than 20 people turned out for this on a very wet evening.
There will be an event on the morning of Saturday April 7 celebrating the centenary of Votes for Women, while the Library's birthday will be celebrated on Saturday May 12 (including a plant sale).
For more details see the News and Events page.
Ideas, Bouquets and Brickbats
There is now a box in the main library area for comments, requests and suggestions. If there's a book, an author or a subject which you think should be on the shelves, please use this system to record your opinion.
The Friends' monthly meeting on Saturday September 30 included our formal Annual General Meeting, including a review of our financial situation. You can download a copy of the financial information and report approved at the meeting, along with a couple of tweaks to the formal Constitution.
The Library's future is secured. What was the "Save YOUR Library" page is now called "Campaigning 2011 to 2016", and has details of who has been operating the Library from June 4, and how the change from Council operation came about.
SCA group who lease and operate Cobbett had a hectic first year in charge, and produced a Business Plan for Cobbett late last year. They also have ideas and plans for major changes - including combining the Children's and Adult Library areas. We await formal proposals!!!
Library service is provided by
SCA Group and Unexpected Places
as part of their operation of
Cobbett Hub & Library
Monday 10am to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm
The Library is always closed on public holidays
Click here to register for the Friends of Cobbett Road Library Newsletter
There is no car parking available at Cobbett Hub - the nearest on-street area without parking restrictions is about 150 yards away in Cobbett Road.
Bus services to and from the City centre are frequent - First Bus/City Red 8 & 10, BlueStar 3, 16 & 18, Xelabus X10 all stop nearby. Follow this link to Google Maps showing the location of their stops and Bitterne Railway Station.
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