A press release issued by Dorset County Council:
The future of mobile libraries has been decided
Dorset County Council’s Cabinet has voted to maintain one home mobile library service van and withdraw three mobile library service vans.
This decision follows a consultation with library users and local town and parish councils to look at alternative ways to access the library service.
People who are unable to access a library due to a disability or frailty will continue to have access to books, and other reading material delivered to their homes through a partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS).
The council are also encouraging community transport to help people have access to libraries. And we will continue to take the home mobile library service van to residential homes.
Cllr Deborah Croney, Dorset County Council cabinet member for learning and skills, said:
“These changes will help us focus provision of the mobile library service on people of all ages who cannot get to a library building.
“The consultation has given us a clear understanding of the issues and we will use this information with the local knowledge gained from the mobile library officers to work with local communities.”
The consultation identified that social isolation is a concern for some people and the council’s Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP) community development team has started working with communities to address the social aspect that the mobile library currently serves.
Dorset’s library service has joined the LibrariesWest consortium which means customers will be able to access libraries, ‘coast to coast’ from the Bristol Channel to the south coast. In some parts of Dorset the nearest library is in Somerset, and being part of the consortium means they can still access library services.
Full details of the report can be found at https://www.dorsetforyou.com/committees/county
To see the areas affected visit www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/mobilelibrary