Here at Southey Library, we’re passionate about our readers and users, and we’ll go to almost any length to help local people. To this end, over recent years we’ve been aware that our old-fashioned fluorescent lighting has been criticised, so a while ago we set up a special fund to raise the money required to fit ultra-modern energy-saving LED lighting.

And over the Easter holidays, we finally did it!

New lights at Southey Library

While every one else in Southey was stuffing their faces with food and chocolate over that weekend, we were hard at work replacing the tired and flickering old strip lights with the bright and shiny LEDs.

What a fun time was had by all!

After all the fun then clearing up, it was finally time for the ‘Big Switch On’, and goodness what a difference!

Never again will there be flickering. Never again will the lights all be different colours and brightnesses. Never again will we have to bring in the ‘Big Steps’ just to change a tube.

These new LEDs are guaranteed for years before they will need changing, and the quality and colour of the light makes our library excellent for both browsing for books, but now you can sit in one of our soft chairs to read your books, too.

But the best bit is that this new lighting only consumes a fraction of the electricty that the old strip lights did, so we’re saving money.

A win-win situation if ever there was one!

The money to pay for this was raised by our volunteers, by selling donated books, from our ever-popular ‘Knit & Knatter’ group and also from The Sheffield Town Trust who provided us with a grant.

We’d just like to give a huge ‘Thank you!’ to all our staff and volunteers and also to Wilson Electrical for supplying and fitting them.