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Read this if you want to keep your mobile library

In light of declining users, and an ageing fleet, Essex County Council are reviewing the future of mobile libraries.  The mobile library is well used in West Bergholt by young and old alike.  If you want to keep your mobile library make sure you respond to their consultation.

Why ECC Are Consulting

In ECC’s mailing to Parish Councils they have said:

We want a service which is available at a place and time which suits Essex mobile library at library HQ.users; a service which is flexible enough to help volunteers set up a community library in a village hall, pub, sports club or shop.  We want a service where volunteers deliver books directly to the door, and can stop to chat with the residents so that we contribute to ending social isolation. These services already work well in villages across Essex and we want to extend that provision. We want a service which is able to respond to different local needs and settings and to have books available to more people more of the time.

We don’t want a service which wastes money by having mobile library buses parked in locations when no one visits; unfortunately that happens on some occasions now.

Most of all, we want everyone to get involved, have their say on our ideas and share their own.

How To Respond

Responses must be in by 6th November.  Find out more about the consultation by visiting the libraries consultation website; this contains details of the proposals and download materials as well as a link to the main & children’s surveys.  The children’s survey is aimed at young people under 16 and is in EasyRead so is also suitable for those with Special Needs.  You can also pick up a paper copy of the questionnaire from the library or mobile library.


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