Micro Libraries

What is a Micro Library?

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A micro library is a browsing collection of approximately 200 books which include fiction, non-fiction and junior books, to give a flavour what is available from the wider library service.  Customers are expected to self-serve and record the books they borrow using a manual honesty system.  It is important that books borrowed are recorded because it both proves the library is used and therefore needed in the community and it helps the library service to identify the type of books that the readership using the library prefers, thereby helping to ensure the right types of books are sent to refresh the collection.

A public computer at the venue enables customers to view the online library catalogue as well as other library online services available to them as library members including requesting books online (Click and Collect), online reference library (including eResources: online newspaperseBooks, eAudiobookseMagazinesonline learning and more).  The computer also allows users to interact with a wide range of Cornwall Council services via the website.

The library stock in a micro library is managed by a Community Library and Information Assistant who will visit each month to check the stock, deliver requested books and exchange stock. The venue may recruit volunteers to help customers join a library online and reserve books online.

Some Micro Libraries are already in place in Cornwall thanks to funding from the national Pub is the Hub scheme (PITH). We currently have no plans to set up any new micro libraries.