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Librarian vs. Bike: Kat Hubschmann is cycling 87km to raise money for The Wiener Library

The Wiener Library’s Senior Librarian, Kat Hubschmann, has signed up to take on the 54 mile cycle ride from London to Brighton on 7 September 2014. She decided to take on the challenge because it was 'the perfect excuse to buy a new bike' (pictured), and will be raising money to support the Library’s work.  Kat says “I’ve worked at the Library for 15 years now and during this time there has been a huge amount of change. Our profile is rising but there’s still so much more to be done'.

She has taken an innovative approach to raising awareness of her challenge and the Library’s profile by listing a series of common misconceptions about the Library on her fundraising page. We’ve listed a few below:

  • The WL is not open to the public

On the contrary! We welcome the public to our exhibitions, the Reading Room, and to our events and educational activities. There are also weekly tours behind the scenes where you can see our climate-controlled store rooms and some of the unique material we hold.

  • The WL doesn’t need any money , they just bought a new building

We need funds for core activities. Maintaining the new premises, a robust IT infrastructure to enable us to put more digital content online, building up the collections, and of course professional staff, are on going costs.

  • How do you spell the name again?

It’s Wiener (i before e). Not Weiner, nor Winner. Just because Google brings up our website regardless of spelling doesn’t make it right, and we do get disproportionately upset when people get it wrong.

Half of the monies raised will go towards the Library’s core costs such as building the collections and upgrading our IT infrastructure. The other half will go towards the ‘Match-A-Million’ campaign to support our important education and outreach activities and will be matched £1 for £1 by Heritage Lottery Fund, doubling half of all the funds raised. 

We hope that you will be able to support Kat in taking on this challenge by donating what you can. You can do this online at or send a cheque with a note quoting ‘Kat’s cycle challenge’ to:
The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DP.

On behalf of everyone at the Wiener Library, thank you for your support.

Learn more about the Match-A-Million campaign from this video made by young volunteer Gaby.

Character Profile: The Wiener Library from Gabrielle Deimeke on Vimeo.


Added: Wednesday 9th July, 2014