New Library Van

Rural roads in the region are being brightened up by the latest line in literary design!

We are happy to announce the launch of our new Mobile Library and Outreach Service, with our new and improved van. Lisa Denham,  our Connected and Creative Communities Manager, believes the latest addition to the fleet of three will continue to build on the high standard of customer service already offered in the region.

“The design team have done a fantastic job and the new livery is a fresh take on capturing what services we offer as part of the wider library offering,” she said.

“The new vehicle is of an outstanding quality. Not only are our mobile libraries a source for books, they also provide information and allow members of the more rural and outlying areas the opportunity to engage and provide social interaction during their visits.”

The Mobile Library and Outreach Service has about the longest reach of any service provision we offer and plays an integral part in the overall Library service delivery, supporting rural inclusion by providing a service out into the Scottish Borders rural communities not serviced by a Library building.

The new van will cover Peebles, Tweeddale, Ettrick, Yarrow and areas around Galashiels and Melrose, as well as residents in those areas. It will deliver a service to many rural Primary Schools, Care homes, Sheltered Housing and house-bound borrowers.

Senior Librarian, Keith Nairn, added: “This Mobile will replace a 12-year-old vehicle which has become expensive to operate over the last couple of years having covered many thousands of miles.

“The new van can carry approx. 2,500 items for loan and is stocked with a wide range of large print books, talking books, adult and children’s fiction books and is fully accessible with a disabled access lift.

“The Mobile Libraries are a valuable service to those in rural areas, schools, nurseries and residents with limited or no access to public transport, they also bring a service to residents who do not have an immediate access to a local library or maybe more isolated.”

Anyone with a Live Borders library card can use the service, and those not already a library member but are interested in joining can just take along proof of name, address and age to any of the mobile library vans or branch libraries and our lovely staff will do the rest.

A timetable for all our mobile library vans can be found HERE 


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