A new delivery service to bring library books to your community
Plans for a new vehicle to deliver books to people unable to visit their local library will be considered by Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet on Wednesday 19 June.
The cabinet has been recommended to agree plans to purchase a new hybrid or electric vehicle, costing approximately £25,000, which would deliver pre-selected books to customers via community pick up and drop off points around the county or directly to people’s homes if they are unable to access a local collection point. Collections will be ordered online by customers who are able to do so, or chosen by library staff based on customers’ preferences.
The existing mobile library is off the road and needs repairs totalling £28,000, with no guarantee the vehicle would remain roadworthy. Investing in a new vehicle will be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly and any savings will be invested into the library book budget.
Mobile libraries are valued by people who cannot access alternative library provision; however the number of people using the service has declined. Of the 1,215 borrowers registered as public mobile library users in 2018/19, only 437 had used the service in the past year.
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we could soon have a vehicle back on the road - and one that will deliver a new, modern service, better meeting the needs of the public. It would provide a tailored service to meet the needs of users who find it difficult to get to their local library.
“We would like to thank people for their patience whilst the existing service has been unavailable.”
View the cabinet report here