With its lending service now established and the membership greatly appreciative of the services on offer, the Wynne-Thomas Library has been adding to its already impressive stock of books.
More than thirty new books are now available to borrow, ranging from cricketing ‘classics’ to biographies (always the most popular section) and works that reflect cricket’s place in society. These latter have been chosen in response to the recent ICEC Report on Diversity and Inclusion in the sport.
The Library at Trent Bridge now offers more than twenty cricket books for children that parents and grandparents are welcome to borrow for your younger supporters.
The staff running the Library, led by Heritage Manager Steve LeMottee, have also been reviewing the opening times and for the last days of cricket in 2023 have made a few subtle changes.
“We are well aware”, said Steve LeMottee, “that for the international games in particular, fans and members like to arrive early and take in the atmosphere of our great ground.
“Therefore, we have decided to open before the start times of both the T20I and the ODI rather than waiting for the lunch interval or innings break.
“For the T20 against New Zealand, the Library will open from 4pm and close at 6 o’clock when the match starts. We hope that visitors will be drawn in to see the impressive array of books, magazines and reference works and, in the case of Notts CCC members, to borrow a book or two.”
All visitors are welcome to browse the books and magazines in the Library but the lending service is only available to Notts members – a membership benefit that is proving increasingly popular.
Given the very strong links between Trent Bridge and New Zealand cricketers – Colin Munro and Will Young being the latest of an illustrious list of Kiwis to have played for Notts – the club hopes that fans from the ‘land of the long white cloud’ will call in to say hello and see the books on cricket and cricketers from their home country.
“We like to get books out on display that we think will appeal to our visitors”, said Chris O’Brien, one of the Heritage volunteers that help run the Library, “and the New Zealand game will be an ideal opportunity to reflect on the many great players, and great games, that have featured at Trent Bridge”.
Similar timing changes and displays will be in place for the One-Day Cup Final on 16 September, the ODI v Ireland on 23 September and the final home County Championship match v Middlesex on 26-29 September.