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Find out more about the Old Library Campaign

We need your support to create a new arts hub at the Old Library

We are asking you and everyone we know to help us reopen the historic Old Library as a new creative space for our community so that we can continue to transform lives through the arts.

Our creative participation work provides a lifeline to many local people and is more vital now than ever before:

  • Reducing social isolation and loneliness within our community

  • Improving mental health locally

  • Supporting young people in building confidence and self-esteem

But currently it takes place in a temporary shared space and desperately needs a new permanent home.

The Old Library is the perfect new space and once complete will have dedicated engagement spaces, a small Café Bar and places to gather – benefiting more and more local people with the positive impact that participation in creative activity can have.

Can you help transform lives through the arts?

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Can you help transform lives through the arts?


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You can increase your level of support for the campaign by:

Becoming an Old Library Patron

For a donation of £1,000 you can be a key supporter and make a significant impact on the transformation of this beautiful historic building.

Joining our Carnegie Club

Make a leadership gift of £5,000 and be instrumental in helping us reach our fundraising target.

Joining the Old Library Corporate Club

Your company could support our vital work in the community.

Naming a space

There are naming opportunities available throughout the Old Library, including the engagement spaces and café bar.

Old Library, Cheap Street

Together we can make a difference

Contact Ruth Stillman, Head of Development [email protected] for more information about making a donation.

If you would like to make a donation by cheque, CAF cheque or CAF voucher, please make it payable to Corn Exchange (Newbury) Trust and send to: Development Office, Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BQ or by hand to Corn Exchange Box Office.

Gift Aid - as a registered charity, for every £1 you give we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC, at no additional cost to you. To make your donation go further, tick the Gift Aid box when you make a donation online or complete the declaration form at

Supported by

Also supported by:

Adrian Swire Charitable Trust, Englefield Charitable Trust, GJ Ward Charitable Trust, Mobbs Memorial Trust and Payne-Gallwey Charitable Trust