Debenham: Library plans ambitious move to Sir Robert Hitcham School

Current library manager Maureen John (centre) with former mangers Melanie Wood (left) and Faith Wrig

Current library manager Maureen John (centre) with former mangers Melanie Wood (left) and Faith Wright (right) - Credit: Contributed

A library is planning an ambitious move to relocate to the village primary school.

Debenham Library, which claims to be the smallest in Suffolk, is looking to expand by moving into a new premises in Sir Robert Hitcham School.

Andrew Grant-Adamson, chair of the Debenham Library Foundation, said the move would cost about £5,000.

He said: “The project is coming along quite well. We are looking at detailed costing and trying to find exactly how much money it will cost.

“This is very important; the library in Debenham was only founded 10 years ago and it was originally the fire station. You hear about library numbers dropping but here in Debenham there’s been a steady increase.”


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He said the current library in Cross Green was no bigger than a mobile library van.

Jane Taylor headteacher at the school said she was hoping work to relocate the library could begin in the summer holidays.

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She said: “We hope that the move will increase the numbers of people visiting the library.”

She added she wanted the school to play an important role in the community. Last month the library celebrated its 10th birthday.

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