Friends of Street Library (FoStL)


A Summary if you are new to FoStL. Street Library has been in a state of change. To summarise, the old library building was closed as there was no agreement between Somerset County Council and the Street Library Trust as to how the old library building could be financed. An imaginative initiative by Street Parish councillors secured the survival of Street Library by making the ground floor of the Parish Rooms into a new library with plans to refurbish the building to allow the library to occupy the whole of the downstairs. Plans for this refurbishment were published, a public consultation held, and the refurbishment carried out. (now read on .... )

Library Opening times

The request service via www.librarieswest.org.uk has started again and borrowers can return their books to Street library as normal.
Updates and changes to library services will be on the Street Library Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/friendsofstreetlibrary/).
Customers can also email the library staff at strlib@somerset.gov.uk.
Alternatively, customers can check the Somerset Libraries website (www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries) or ring Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224.

Just to re-cap, Street Library opened in its new home on the 16th December 2020. The COVID-19 restrictions limited the total number of activities but people were able to take out books, both those chosen from the Street library shelves and books ordered on-line or reserved. A few days later, the lockdown was brought in when Somerset moved in to tier 4. The above announcement is great news and we look forward to getting back to normal as soon as possible.


The Friends of Street Library has expanded its activities. The new library arrangements - its new position opposite the old library building and the new financial arrangements whereby Street Parish Council and Somerset County Council share the ongoing costs of the library - mean there is a new role for the Friends of Street Library. FoStL is responsible for organising and training the volunteers who are working alongside the professional library staff and in order to have a bigger say in the decision making process FoStL has applied for and been granted CIO status. (CIO or Charitable Incorporated Organisation)



You can find the recent Annual General Meeting report here


You can find dates and times for various Reading Groups here


Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

On 30 August 2019 the Charity Commission confirmed by email that the application of the Friends of Street Library to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation had been successful. The good news had been passed on to Oliver Woodhams of SCC. The meeting recorded thanks to those who had been instrumental in achieving CIO status.


Enlarging the Library space

Although the new library is open, you may wish to have an idea of how the rooms are laid out but can't visit the library in person.

Fear not, the plans are still available; click here to see plans of new library. Page opens in a new tab.

Partner with
Somerset Library Service and Street Parish Council
Past Activities
100's of
Happy Clients
Management Meetings

What volunteers do

Volunteering works at several different levels - please read on

Photos of our recent activities

More photos here   

The new library (interior)
The new library (exterior)
The new library (interior)
FoStL led activities
FoStL led activities
FoStL led activities
FoStL led activities
FoStL led activities


The Constitution is a 25 page document

Please click here to view the constitution

Please use the "Back" Button to return to this page


To join Friends of Street Library

or join in our activities

Please contact us by email or phone

At the library itself
By phone: +44 1458 445383
By email: fostlinfo@gmail.com

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