A new open house will start at Ryhall Library on Tuesday thanks to the efforts of a group of volunteers.
The supervised sessions will run from 2pm to 4.30pm every Tuesday and Friday at the village library.
Light refreshments,will be offered for sale at affordable prices, and it is hoped that residents will use the opportunity to have a hot or cold drink and a chat or a quiet read in the comfortable environment which the library offers.
In addition, basic library services will be available at these times, so that any library member may borrow or return a book, and all residents can use the computers (shortly to be upgraded and already served with high speed fibre connectivity) and the photocopier, as well as purchase greetings cards at reasonable prices.
This means that basic library services will now be available every weekday afternoon except Wednesdays.
Rutland County Council will still operate the normal Library service on Mondays, Thursdays (with later closing time) and Saturday mornings.
The volunteers hope in the future to be offer additional services such as instruction on the use of tablets and smart phones and computer classes.
The extra opening times will create greater opportunities for the children of nearby Ryhall Primary School to use the library, and headteacher Katy Kato has already been in talks with the project team to arrange regular visits by classes to research school learning themes and extend individual reading programmes.
A village questionnaire last summer revealed enormous goodwill towards Ryhall Library and a strong desire to retain the important amenity for the future use of the community.
Adrian Gombault, project leader, said: “This new initiative has been designed to increase the use of the library building, so that its future can be safeguarded through a clear demonstration of its value to and use by village residents.”