Community Resources

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One of FRRL’s aims is to raise funds to improve and provide additional resources for Rock Road Library.

Community Room:

The Community Room, which seats around 30 people, is available to hire for community activities at reasonable rates – Library Services provide a projector which may be borrowed by those hiring the room.

To book the rooms, see the Library Services web-site or E-mail:

FRRL Trustees are consulted about requests to use the room on Sundays, this is to ensure that events are quiet and unlikely to disturb the tranquillity of the neighbourhood.

FRRL Resources – Email  rockroadfriends @ to arrange to borrow in return for a small donation.

In 2014, FRRL secured a City Council grant to create a new Library community space by moving the children’s room to the rear of the building where new doors were inserted providing direct access to the garden – project details; in 2016, a further City Council grant was secured to refurbish the kitchen for the use of FRRL and Library Services.  FRRL have also purchased equipment for use in the library.  It is also available for FRRL members to borrow and for non-members to borrow in return for a small donation.

Equipment for hire: 

*electronic keyboard (Yamaha) with speakers








*set of 36 glasses (please  wash glasses before returning and replace any breakages)









*Two 5-litre pump action Airpots – large vacuum flasks which will keep tea or coffee hot for several hours, with a pump to pour out drinks (instructions are on a laminated card attached to the handle) and kettle








*20 plastic salad bowls with lids







* canteen of ‘retro’ metal school knives & forks (80 settings) 









*floral bunting








*12 green plastic garden chairs and two garden tables


Other Library Resources provided by FRRL include:

  • Newspapers – FRRL fund The Guardian and Independent i  (From January 2018 Library Services no longer provide newspapers to branch libraries) The Cambridge Evening News provide a free copy.
  • Children and Young Adult First World War Book Collection -available to borrow from the children’s library, bought in 2016 at the end of the HLF WWI: Stories from a neighbourhood project.  FRRL First World War Children and Young Adult Book Collection
  • Document Scanner (no charge for use)
  • Document Laminator (20 p per sheet, collect a pouch and pay at counter)
  • Library Signpost from Cherry Hinton Road (following a brief appearance outside the Library entrance – with special thanks to the diligence of FRRL Committee member Katie Knapton!)
  • Rugs and Foam stools, for Children’s Room
  • Exhibition Cases, generously donated by  Conservation by Design in December 2013 two cases enable interesting artefacts to be displayed – we are also grateful to Cambridge University Library’s Jim Bloxham (FRRL and local resident) for making the connection!
  • Toilets an informal group of friends of Rock Road Library organised fund-raising activities in the 1990s to provide toilets for Library users
  • Garden Benches
  • Black-out Blinds for the Community Room
  • FRRL Noticeboard kindly sponsored by Balzanos Deli

FRRL Merchandise  – Library Mugs:  ceramic mugs with our unique logo and inspirational quote are  available from the library for just £5.00 (with a £1 discount for FRRL Members).

‘Supporting your library while enjoying your favourite hot drink – what’s not to like?’ 


Resources provided by Library Services include:

  • Flip Chart
  • Projector
  • Hot Drinks Vending Machine
  • Photocopier – Printer for PCs
  • Wi-fi


National Library Promotion Toola free promotional and advocacy material for use by libraries and their supporters, ‘aswell as a means of highlighting the economic and social value of libraries to politicians at both local and national levels to encourage continued investment. The key message highlights that modern library services are much more than just buildings containing books – they provide services that support the development and well-being of individuals, the community and the economy.

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