Mobile libraries – biennial route review

Wiltshire libraries have four public mobile libraries and one residential homes mobile. Between them they visit over 400 stops in communities across the county. The service offers a wide range of stock, including large print, talking books, DVDs, and children’s titles. Stops range from ten minutes at some locations to two hours in larger communities; the public mobile libraries operate on a fortnightly timetable and the residential home mobile library visits on a four weekly rota.

Every two years these stops are reviewed to ensure they are located in the right place, promoted to the community effectively and new stops added where possible. It is also an opportunity to check library services are provided in the most appropriate way; for example, would some residents be better served by the home library service that comes direct to the customer’s home?

Wiltshire Council will be contacting parish councils in the New Year to help with the route review process. Public consultation will take place from February to April 2012; in the meantime, any suggestions for new stops or new locations for existing ones should be communicated to Rebecca Bolton, outreach services manager on 01225 713706 or email rebecca.bolton@wiltshire.gov.uk New mobile timetables are expected to start on 1 July 2012. Current timetables can be viewed at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries

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