Villages lose mobile library runs in Rotherham cut-backs

By Gareth Dennison | 29/03/2013 0 comments

Villages lose mobile library runs in Rotherham cut-backs

THE number of stops on Rotherham’s mobile library timetable will be cut by three-quarters, under new money-saving measures.

The main vehicle’s 69 fortnightly stops across 28 villages will be reduced to 17 stops in half as many places.

Booklink is a smaller mobile library focused mainly on sheltered accommodation, nursing homes and day centres.

Its stock — mostly stored at Maltby Library — is rotated regularly but there will be more focus on home deliveries rather than browsing stops.

Booklink can carry about 860 items including large print, Braille and books on CD.

The merged mobile service, including Central Library’s home delivery service, will be called Libraries on the Go!

The changes — combined with the closure of Kimberworth Park library — will save £180,666.

The council says the main vehicle’s slimmed-down schedule is focused on delivering to areas of disadvantage.

It will also see the bus making off-diary trips to children’s centres and other promotional events.

 

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