Work has got underway to fit out a brand new mobile library which will hit the roads of Bath and North East Somerset later this spring, providing a full lending service.
The brightly-coloured custom-designed £120,000 vehicle will help ensure a reliable mobile library service is provided to communities across the area.
The new vehicle will be more fuel-efficient and, as it is slightly slimmer than the existing library vehicle, will be better able to cope with country lanes.
It will be based at the council’s main distribution centre at Haydon near Radstock, to avoid traffic congestion and make more efficient use of time.
Earlier this year adjustments were made to the mobile library’s routes to provide a safer, more effective and efficient service for users.
Councillor Karen Warrington, Cabinet member for Transformation and Customer Services, said: “This fantastic new mobile library will serve the district for many years to come and we’ve worked hard to design a new eye-catching livery for the vehicle, promoting the services it offers – you really won’t miss it as it tours communities across the district.
“The library offers a full service on wheels, providing access to dvds, talking books and the three million books available from the LibrariesWest catalogue.”
The new mobile library will also offer digital access to online services and Wi-Fi for users of the service.
The new mobile library is part of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s modern libraries programme, to help ensure the sustainable future of libraries in its area.
Last July, Saltford Community Library was the first branch library to be run by the community transition along with a Post Office service which is now under one roof.
Weston followed in October, with a newly refurbished facility and new office for the voluntary sector.
Two new libraries have been opened in Bishop Sutton and Timsbury providing not only the library service but also a meeting place and a range of community activities.
Plans are under way to establish community libraries in Moorland Road, Radstock and Paulton which will offer a continued service in these areas.
Full details of mobile library’s routes and timings can be found on the council’s website here.