Friends of Benson Library was formed in 2011 to save Benson Library from closure.

Benson Library is now a Partnership Library – this is a partnership between Oxfordshire County Library Services (OCLS) and Friends of Benson Library (FOBL).

FOBL has committed to support the library in several ways:

  • we pay for extra staff hours so there is always a professional member of staff on duty whenever the library is open (30 hours per week) (currently approximately £4,000 per annum).
  • we provide volunteers to accompany the staff at all times for those same hours.
  • we work with OCLS to try and improve the library experience.

Read more about Our Core Aims

To do all this, FOBL needs your support, both financially and by volunteering your time. Find out how you can help us support Benson Library by joining or in other ways.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please email us at, we’d love to hear from you.

We hope you enjoy using your local library here in Benson. Thank you for your support and happy reading!


Friends of Benson Library is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) no: 1176595