In May 2014 we moved our operations from the Community Hub on Villette Road into the former Hendon Branch Library Building. After internal renovations and some updating Carnegie Community Corner was opened as a multi purpose community venue for Hendon.
Carnegie Community Corner has quickly become a local meeting place, used by a host of local community groups for meeting, social activities and events. The Centre offers free internet access in our 'Net Zone' and boasts the largest 'Community Library' in the city.
Following the closure of the local Branch Library we expressed an interest in leasing the building from the City Council in order to bring the building back into community use and ensure it didn't become just another derelict building in the area. Before submitting a Business Plan to the City Council we held a series of Public Consultation events from our old base on Villette Road to see if local people wanted Back on the Map to take on the building and whether they would be willing to support us.
The local support was over whelming and we received over 200 letters of support from local residents. We got the keys in March 2014 and spent 6 weeks overhauling and refurbishing the building with lots of help local people and businesses. The doors officially opened on 7th May and the rest is history as they say. Our vision for the building was that it would become more than a library and it certainly is thanks to our fantastic volunteers and the Hendon community.