Thursday, February 08, 2018
Many Lancashire residents are able to access the county council's library and information service where they live, thanks to its fleet of six mobile vehicles.
The mobile libraries reach some of the most remote parts of the county, and are particularly important for people who would find it difficult to travel to their nearest library.
The vehicles carry a wide range of books to suit all tastes. The titles are changed regularly, with new ones being added frequently. Books can also be ordered, just the same as in a static library. A variety of audio books and CD's are also available.
They are fully accessible for people with mobility problems and disabilities. Each vehicle is fitted with low rise stairs and a passenger lift for easy access so that customers can board to select their own books. An induction loop system is also available for people with hearing impairments.
The six vehicles are based at Whalley, Heysham, Garstang, Brierfield, Clayton Green and Ormskirk. They travel around the part of Lancashire where they are based, making a total of 780 stops across the county.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We know how much the mobile library is valued by our customers.
"For people with mobility problems this can literally be a door to door service.
"They provide an important facility to some of the most rural parts of Lancashire giving people the chance to borrow, renew or order books as well as access other council services through the people’s network. I'm fully aware that once the vehicle parks up, the community comes out and the van is soon buzzing with activity."
Communities in rural areas usually receive visits either every two or three weeks. Currently there are nearly 10,000 people registered as mobile library users.
New customers are always welcome and you can join simply by going to the vehicle to be signed up.
Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.
Full details of the times and locations of mobile library stops across the county are available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.
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