Derbyshire's mobile libraries gear up to return to the road

Published on: Friday, 11th September 2020

The county’s mobile library service is hitting the road again after it was halted due to coronavirus.

From Monday 21 September, both mobile library vehicles will start operating again for mornings only and following new routes.

The service will be on a 4-weekly cycle and will operate a `book and borrow’ system, which means customers will need to phone to book an appointment and will be able to pick up a maximum of 10 books.

Appointment times will last 5 minutes, and for the time being people will not be able to select their own books by going onto the vehicle. Instead, they will be asked what type of books they like reading and a selection will be made for them so they can pick them up at their allotted time.

New safety measures include books which are returned being quarantined for 72 hours and customers being asked to bring their own bags to pick up their books.

As the service will be mornings only it will not be possible to visit all the usual stops, which is why new routes have been introduced. This will be reviewed over the coming weeks and months.

Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis said:  “We’ve been working incredibly hard to get services which had to stop due to coronavirus back up and running, ensuring they are safe for our staff and customers.

“After making some necessary changes to how the service will operate for now, I’m pleased we are in a position where we can re-start this service and reach as many people as possible who I’m sure have missed their regular visits from the mobiles.”

To book an appointment with the Long Eaton Mobile Library, customers should ring 01629 531398.  The phone line will be monitored from 21 September.

In Erewash, for the period 21st September to 11th December 2020, the mobile library will be in the following locations at the times specified.
Week 1: 
Thursday: 
Little Eaton: The Leys: 1120 to 1220 on 24th September, 22nd October and 19th November

Week 2: 
Wednesday: 
Stanton-by-Dale: Middlemore Cottages: 1000 to 1045 on 30th September, 28th October and 25th November
Sawley: Ladylea Road: 1115 to 1215 on 30th September, 28th October and 25th November

Thursday:
Breadsall: Memorial Hall Car Park: 1000 to 1200 on 1st October, 29th October and 26th November

Week 3:
No stops in the Erewash borough

Week 4:
Thursday:

Stanley: New Street: 1000 to 1045 on 15th October, 12th November and 10th December
Morley: Brick Kiln Lane: 1100 to 1145 on 15th October, 12th November and 10th December
West Hallam: Derbyshire Avenue: 1200 to 1245 on 15th October, 12th November and 10th December.

For further details on the Mobile Library Service, visit derbyshire.gov.uk

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