AN appeal from a Warwick estate for better access to Warwickshire County Council’s mobile library service has resulted in success, with a new service launched this week.
County councillor Martyn Ashford (Con, Warwick North) has been lobbying for a return of a mobile library service to the Percy Estate and Spinney Hill area of Warwick for some time.
He teamed up with director of The Gap Youth and Community Centre Vicki Jones who has been in regular contact with various local councillors with the aim of seeing the mobile library service make a stop there.
From last Wednesday the mobile library now visits The Gap Centre every three weeks on Wednesdays between 12.15pm and 12.45pm for use by members and local residents.
Chairman of the Gap Action Partnership Marie Matts said: “We’ve been working with Cllr Ashford trying to get this for a while. I know it will be well used.
“We’ve got hundreds of people using the centre, and we’ve got a notice on the board encouraging as many people as possible to use it.”
The mobile library is fully accessible and carries a range of fiction, non fiction, large print and talking books together with books for under fives and a selection of jigsaws. In order to ensure that a fresh selection of stock is available for customers at each visit, on board shelf stock is refreshed every three weeks.
There will be a computer on board giving customers access to the internet and the driver can provide information on titles not available on the vehicle.
The mobile library is especially significant amidst library closures around the county due to budget restrictions, while in Warwick the library is currently in the process of being moved from Barrack Street into Shire Hall.
Cllr Ashford said: “The reason behind it was because many years ago a mobile library served the area but was then cancelled due to a lack of interest.
“At the moment there is a case for it. A lot of people living in what is known as a deprived area do want to read a lot of books and I thought it would be a good idea for them to come and have a browse.
“It’s something for the betterment of the community.
“There is a computer suite in The Gap as well where you can order books and the mobile library will bring them to you. We are hoping it will be successful.
“It is a marvellous opportunity for people to read and also to help people to learn and take up further education.
“During this cull of a lot of libraries, it’s a good source of books and information. It is also very useful for people who are not that mobile or don’t have means of transport to get to a library. The Percy Estate and Spinney Hill has a need for this and I’ve been pushing for it for some time.”