New mobile libraries for Keighley

Cllr Anne Hawkesworth looks at the new mobile library with customer support assistant Stefan Bochoneck

Cllr Anne Hawkesworth looks at the new mobile library with customer support assistant Stefan Bochoneck

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An award-winning solar-panelled mobile library is booked to bring literature to the doors of Keighley people.

Two of the new £90,000 libraries, the model which won a national award after it was launched in March 2007, will replace the old vehicles and provide enhanced services.

Internet access, word processing, electronic resources, DVD rental and audio books as well as a high turnover of regular books will be available from the vehicle, which may stop for up to half a day in each area.

The roomier model, with full disabled access, will also be able to hold story-times, activities for children and taster sessions for those who want to learn how to use a computer. However, the routes the new libraries will take and their launch date on the road are yet to be decided.

Jackie Kitwood, principal libraries officer, said: “We have consulted our existing customers but we have not yet finalised the routes and stops the new mobile libraries will be making. Once the details of the routes are finalised we will let our customers know.

“In the meantime we will be mostly following the existing routes and we will keep customers informed if there are any gaps in the provision.

“Alternative options such as the home delivery service are available and of course residents can always go along to their nearest permanent library.”

Commenting on the new vehicles, Cllr Anne Hawkesworth, executive member for environment and culture, said: “The computer on each vehicle will mean that customers can find information, e-mail and chat or work online.

“This facility is new to our mobile library service and it will be great boost to people who don’t have PCs in their own home and find it difficult to travel to their local or central library.”

Bradford Libraries now have a 24-hour customer service line – 01274 430094 - where you can renew books, check reservations, access your account and get other information.

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