New chapter for mobile library routes

NEW routes and timetables have been introduced to Northumberland’s mobile library service.

The changes have been made by Northumberland County Council following a major review of the facility, which saw around 2,000 people give their views.

The new service aims to provide regular fortnightly stops across the county as previously some areas were served by a weekly rota, while others had a three-week rota, and there will be longer stops in central locations. Now vans will stay in areas for 20, 40 or 60 minutes.

In addition, the Monday service has been scrapped due to interruptions from Bank Holidays and a new Saturday route has been introduced in some areas to make it more accessible for people who work through the week.

The council also plans to provide regular stock changes.

Council Executive Member for Libraries Neil Bradbury said: “We know how important this service is to the many rural communities across the county and we have been working to maximise the potential of the service.

“The views of local residents have informed the changes that have been implemented. We hope they find the new routes and timetables more consistent and convenient and that this also encourages more people to use the service.”

Questionnaires were sent out to all existing mobile library customers and town and parish councils were also consulted.

The new timetables will be distributed by library van drivers, or can be obtained online at www.northumberland.gov.uk/mobilelibraries

Alternatively, customers can speak to a librarian or call the council’s customer contact centre on 0845 600 6400.