An extensive mobile library service now makes over 500 stops and loans thousands of books to local residents throughout the entire County Borough.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s mobile libraries serve communities and locations that are a distance from any local library building to ensure residents can still easily access the service. They also make regular visits to sheltered housing units in the County Borough.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning Cllr Eudine Hanagan explained, “Mobile Libraries offer a first class service to the communities of Rhondda Cynon Taf and are much welcomed by their regular users.
“We unfortuantely had to reduce the number of Council run libraries earlier this year due to the substantial budget gap we face. However this decision was taken on the proviso that the Mobile Library service would be enhanced as we wanted to ensure residents from across the County Borough can access the library service.
“Our Mobile Library vehicles now make hundreds of stops per week and I am confident that we are now offering the right blend of static and mobile services and that the service is financially viable in the current climate and accessible to residents.”
A fleet of four mobile libraries operate a fortnightly service, offering a wide range of stock from fiction, large print, talking books, and if a resident can’t find what they’re looking for the Library Service can order books for them.
The mobile libraries, which also have evening and weekend stops, carry recycling bags for residents to collect themselves.
The service is particularly welcomed by elderly or disabled people who are unable to travel to their nearest library. The mobile library has steps that converts into a lift for wheelchair users, making them fully accessible and also have a loop system for those with an impairment to their hearing.
Membership of the Library Service is free and everyone living or working within the County Borough is welcome to join.
The service entitles users to borrow and return books to any of the County Borough’s libraries, whether static or mobile.
It allows users to borrow up to 10 books from a mobile library, and then have three audio visual items such as DVDs or audio books. All our audio books are in CD format.
Members can access their own accounts online to order or renew their own books to be collected at a mobile library.
For further details and full details of the mobile libraries’ stops contact www.rctcbc.gov.uk/libraries| or email Erika.Neck@rctcbc.gov.uk|