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Gloucestershire's new mobile library service officially launched

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

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A NEW mobile library service officially launched in the county today.

The aim of the library is to give people who live in rural areas a chance to access the same services, like borrowing books and accessing the internet, as they would at a fixed facility. 

There are 56 mobile stops set up across Gloucestershire, each of which will receive four weekly visits.

The average length of the stops has been increased to enable a wide range of people to have the opportunity to visit.

Councillor Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "With our network of static libraries, virtual library and the mobile service, we feel that we have a comprehensive and flexible package of services for everyone in the county.

"Libraries are often seen as the front door to other council services and those of our partner agencies in Gloucestershire, and this important function should not be forgotten. 

"The value of these mobile libraries has already been made clear to us - it's great to see such positive feedback from residents."

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 30 2013, 5:35PM

    Can this be the same Mark Hawthorne who tried to dispense with the mobile library service in its entirety before he was stopped by court action? It surely can! Today's Citizen has a photo of him in a mobile library, reading to children; really, you couldn't make it up! Hang on a mo - there are county council elections coming up soon...

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  • Ysedra  |  January 30 2013, 9:47AM

    Where in the article is this 'positive feedback', Hawthorne mentions?

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  • Shireresident  |  January 29 2013, 5:31PM

    Rather a poor attempt to redress the loss of service caused by the closure of fixed libraries in urban areas. Still as long as they rural folks get a minimal service it keeps them sweet and puts a tick in a box doesn't it chaps!

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