Closure of Mobile Library Service

Closure of Buckinghamshire’s Mobile Library Service

Following the recent public consultation, Buckinghamshire County Council decided, on 20th April 2018, to end the Mobile Library service, with the final visits being due on 31st May 2018. 

Alternative ways to continue accessing services.

If you are able to travel there are 30 library buildings in Buckinghamshire and their locations and opening times can be found here. https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/find-a-library/all-libraries/ . These also offer a range of regular free or low cost events for all ages, which may be of interest.

You may also use your Buckinghamshire library card to borrow from some neighbouring library services, including Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and Slough amongst others. Find out more about these here https://selms.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/selms-faq 

Should you have access to the internet you may wish to try out the eLibrary to download an eBook, eAudiobook or eMagazine. These are all free services and there are no fines to worry about. Full details are here https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/elibrary/

If you are unable to travel to a library  due to age, illness or disability you may wish to request the Home Library Service. You will be matched with a named volunteer who will bring you the books you want to read every month, at a mutually convenient time, and take back your previous loans.   This service gives you a longer loan period, free reservations and no fines.  https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/community/home-library-service/  

Maybe you have a relative, friend or neighbour who regularly visits the library and is willing to pick up books on your behalf. By formalising this person as a ‘Library Buddy’ you would get a longer loan period, free book and audiobook reservations and loans and no fines on books or audiobooks.

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/community/home-library-service/library-buddy-service/

It is important that everyone is able to access library services in future so over the next few weeks there will be extra staff on board the mobile libraries to explain these options in person and to help customers to find the most suitable alternative.