Warminster’s new mobile library van takes to the roads
Thursday 16 April 2009
Area: All areas
Wiltshire Council will be helping to make a difference for people in the Warminster area when a brand new mobile library vehicle with additional facilities takes to the roads.
The new van will be launched on Friday April 24 at Sutton Veny School at 9.45am.
The Warminster mobile library route is concentrated in the west and south of the county and visits over 70 locations, including, Bishopstrow, Tilshead, Dilton Marsh and Staverton. It visits 12 village schools and is used by hundreds of school children.
The new mobile library has a computer terminal on board with internet access for the public to use at the longer stops, and holds over 2,000 items. These cover reading for all ages from picture books, to books in large print, audiobooks and DVD’s. It has over 1,500 members and issues more than 30,000 items per year.
If a particular title cannot be found, the mobile manager will be happy to reserve it for a very modest fee of 70 pence. Apart from the request charge, membership and services are free, and there are no fines for overdue books.
The newly designed carpeted interior is light and comfortable, with books on traditional shelving as well as “quick pick” spinners. It has a lift for wheelchair users and an extra £4,000 worth of new books.
Geoff Landridge, Wiltshire Council’s library services manager, said: “With this new replacement vehicle, Wiltshire Council now has a fleet of modern, comfortable and efficient mobile libraries. I am delighted that this well equipped vehicle will be taking the best of mobile library services to customers in some of the most remote parts of the county.”
The new van is one of the five strong fleet in Wiltshire that serve over 200 communities, dozens of schools and over a hundred residential homes throughout the county.
For more information on Wiltshire’s library services visit Wiltshire Council’s website www.wiltshire.gov.uk
Last updated: Thursday 16 April 2009