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Melbourn Hub Library in the Atrium

Melbourn Community Library is very much part of the Hub. It is entirely run by volunteers with the support of the Cambridgeshire Library Service. This means that we own the books on our shelves but borrowers also have access to the thousands of books held by libraries throughout Cambridgeshire and the other resources held centrally. Having control over the buying of our books means that we can be sure that we keep our stock up to date. The ‘New Books’ is always a popular place to start browsing.

We have a very good children’s section catering for the very young right through to young adults. The very young are also catered for by the very successful ‘Story Time’ which is run weekly by one of our volunteers. The session is half an hour of songs, rhymes and stories which is enjoyed by both the children and their carers. Afterwards quite a number stay on at the café for a chat and a coffee.

We look forward to welcoming you to the library.  We are open 2.00pm – 4.00pm every weekday & Sat 10.00am – 2.00pm

We have a selection of adult fiction and non-fiction, which include biographies, some local history and back issues of the “Melbourn Magazine”.

We also have large print books and a children’s section with board books and picture books for the very young and a selection of books for junior readers and older children.

The Community Library is integrated with the County Council library service. Anyone with a Cambridgeshire Library Services card can use the Melbourn Library, if not for browsing, for picking up books ordered on the internet. If you don’t have a card it is easy and free to join, just call in for an enrolment form.

Funds are raised to buy new books and the library receives a steady supply of donations. We also welcome good quality, recently published books as donations for our library shelves.

The Library hosts Story Time for the under 5s on Fridays at 10.00 am. The session is half an hour of songs, rhymes and stories.

The Summer Reading Challenge for children during the summer holidays has always been very popular.

Volunteers took over the running of the library in 2003 after closure by the County Council. Previously situated in temporary buildings on the Melbourn Village College campus it was included as a key part of the services planned from a new Melbourn Community Hub. The Melbourn Community Library moved to become part of the Hub when this opened in February 2014. In 2021 the Hub, together with the Community Library, was extended and remodelled in order to improve its ability to serve the community.

Library Terms & Services

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Community Hub building.

Library Membership – If you have a Cambridgeshire Library card you can borrow books from us. If not, you can join Cambridgeshire Libraries at our Library. All you need to do is fill in a simple form and provide proof of address. The Library is free to join. Once you have joined it is possible to borrow and return books at any Cambridgeshire library.

Photocopying and Printing are available on request at the Library desk. There is a small copying charge per page.

Borrow up to 12 items at any one time. The loan period is for 3 weeks.

Renewals can be requested at the Library desk. When we are shut you can renew your books by telephoning Cambridgeshire Libraries Contact

Centre on 0345 045 5225.

Overdue charges are 25p per item per day for adults. There is no charge for children’s books as long as they have been borrowed on a child’s card.

Reservation fees are 50p per item per adult. No charge for children.

Audio Books attract hire charges of £1.00 per item, with similar charges for both DVDs and music CDs. The hire period is 3 weeks.

Computers: Free-to-use laptop computers for public use are available at the Library desk. Internet access is free for these and for all mobile devices.

Contact us at or call on 01763 263303 for any general library questions, suggestions for books you would like in the Library or queries about your current books on loan. We’d love to hear from you.

Cambridgeshire Library Service website is also a useful way of managing your library needs. You can access this at

Using your library card and PIN, you can access your library account and renew books before they become overdue, avoiding fines. It is also possible to search the catalogue in order to find books or browse online reference material.

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