Our library is a welcoming space for everyone. It is thriving today because of the kindness of our donors and neighbours, the passionate support of local residents, and the inspirational work of our volunteers, partners and staff. Together, we believe that Belsize Community Library should help open up a world of new possibilities for this and for future generations, and nurture a shared sense of belonging in our neighbourhood.

Our vision is of a Belsize Community Library where everyone has a place to imagine; where everyone can read, create and connect. We welcome around 100 visitors every day that the library is open. We offer a full schedule of activities run by volunteers for the local community from Little Artists Club for children to inter-generational meals, to book clubs, and our popular Belsize Community Assembly events. The Library is also a beautiful and affordable venue for local events.

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We invite you to join in your community and to help it grow. We do not receive funding from national or local government to run the library. We rely on your contributions, large or small, to ensure the library is free to use. With your help, we can achieve much more. Please make a one-off donation or become a member today to fund our community-driven vision for the future:

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By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like The Winch to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that The Winch will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When The Winch receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows The Winch to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to The Winch we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like The Winch to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that The Winch will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When The Winch receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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Get Involved

We rely on the generosity of volunteers to run our library. If you would like to join the team, please pop by to speak to the library manager. You might be volunteering for work experience or just to give some time to this lovely place. Either way, you’ll meet new people and it’s a wonderful way to connect to your neighbours and help us grow. 

We owe a huge thank you to the Friends of Belsize Library, who give us ongoing support and offer monthly author talks.  To see when you can come to one of their events, check out our calendar. If you want to be more involved with the Friends of Belsize Library you can visit the website.

“My heart was full of love today, just meeting so many nice people. The contribution of volunteers was huge.”