Nov 082017

The consultation starts on Wednesday 1st November and extends until Sunday 31st December.

the survey paper is available, please click through to the main page in news & views.Mobile Libraries consultation 2017 survey


The library service has generated savings of £2,350,000 over the last eight years and this represents a reduction to their budget of approximately 40%. The library service still has a challenging savings target, with over £500,000 needed to be saved over the next two years, and so we need to continue to look critically and creatively at every aspect of the service we provide.

Review of mobile library service

When the mobile library usage was reviewed over the last two years they found that 511 customers solely use mobile libraries and do not visit a library building. Also, that at one-third of the service stops made by the mobile library vehicles there was only one mobile customer using the service. The cost of running the mobile service is high and increasing, with the average cost per item issued at a mobile library being substantially higher than items issued at library buildings.

The proposals

The proposal is that from May 2018 the current mobile library service is discontinued. However, the plan is to ensure all of the mobile library customers will still be able to access library services by putting in place alternative community-based options. These could a Home Library Service, wider provision of online library lending services and working with interested local communities to develop community-based options such as ‘click and collect’ schemes.

The consultation

The Library service wants to know what you think of their proposals. The survey is available online until the closing date of 31 December 2017 at ( or via the link above) Paper copies of the consultation will be available, on request, at main libraries and at mobile library service stops.

How you can help

please send your completed survey form and/or email your views to


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