We've been operating as a local independent charity since 2012. Located right at the heart of Haddenham we are a popular and vibrant community village asset but also valued and used by surrounding villages in the Vale. We provide a unique space for connecting and learning, offering services to all sections of the community, but in particular to children. Whilst continuing to provide the traditional services of a public library we offer a lot more to our users including access to a wide range of information, use of public computers, recreational activities and e-learning opportunities. Our library is accessible, welcoming and family friendly . It is staffed by our manager and a team of volunteers, just waiting to help you!
You don't have to be member of the library to enjoy what we offer and our services are open to everyone.
In 2017 with the help of money raised through our donors and supporters, we were able to refurbish our children and young adult’s section. This has been a great success but we need to raise a substantial sum to take our plans for the rest of the library forward.
For more information you can vist our website at www.haddenhamcommunitylibrary.org.uk. You will also find us on Facebook and can follow us on twitter.
The Management Committee responsible for running the charity is made up of all the Director/Trustees plus a Library Manager who is seconded from Buckinghamshire County Council Library Services. The Management Committee meets once every two months. There is an Annual Public Meeting in the library at which Director/Trustees present a review of HCL's performance over the previous 12 months and talk about future plans.
The Director/Trustees give their time voluntarily and receive no benefits from the charity outside those generally available to all beneficiaries i.e. the provision of a library service in the community.
The current Director/Trustees are:
Susan Toner (Chair)
Tim Mozley (Treasurer)
Peter Mason (Company Secretary)
Angela Dauterman Ordaz
As Trustees, the directors are responsible for producing an annual report for the Charity Commission, the latest copy of which can be viewed on the Charity Commission's website.
To view the latest Annual Report click here and enter the charity number 1148062 in the search box.
Haddenham Community Library has an excellent member of staff, Debbie Hekkink, seconded from BCC as the library manager, whose welcome, enthusiasm and knowledge provides valuable support and guidance to the library's volunteers.
To get in touch with our manager please send an email to
Haddenham Community Library would not exist without its volunteers. The fact that the library continues to prosper is in large measure due to the strength of its team of volunteers which has now grown to over forty.
Although Haddenham Community Library receives a grant from Buckinghamshire County Council, this is insufficient to pay for all our operating costs. There is a constant need to find additional means from other sources not only to cover existing overheads, but to maintain reserves and allow for future investment in HCL's services.
The Trustees would like to thank all the organisations without whose generous contributions it would not be possibile to maintain a library service in Haddenham. A list of these supporters is displayed on the 'Honours Board' in the library entrance, which is updated annually.
If you, or your organisation, are interested in helping HCL with financial or other donations please see our donations page.
Haddenham Community Library adheres to the policies set out by Buckinghamshire County Council. To see these policies, please click here.
HCL also has its own specific policies. Please ask in the Library for more information.
Should you not be satisfied with the service you receive, and wish to raise a complaint, please speak to the library manager in the first instance who will advise you on how to proceed.