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Taking mobile libraries to the max. What more could we bring to your community?

For those residents who can’t get to their local library, Cornwall Council has an interesting question.

In addition to books and computer access, what would you like us to load into a smart mobile library vehicle to bring right to the heart of your community? 

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  • Could you use, for example, some legal expertise or consumer advice?
  • Would your family appreciate literacy support sessions, or maybe counselling, or some art or local history classes?
  • Maybe debt guidance or help with benefits or Universal Credit from Citizen’s Advice?
  • Or summertime story-times for youngsters?
  • Maybe you need a centrepiece for a village or town event, or somewhere to use as a weekly chat space.

Cornwall’s much-loved mobile library service is looking to the future, to expand both its offer and its reach. Shortly it will be setting out on a series of pop-up engagement events to ask for views on our mobile library routes, potential new services and new partnerships.

Cornwall Council now has state-of-the-art mobile library and information vehicles that can do so much more than bring the library to your community.

Not just reading rooms on wheels, they are also multi-purpose digital hubs which will be equipped with computers and printing facilities. Removable shelving means they can offer a private meeting space, and they also have disabled access lifts.

Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, Edwina Hannaford, said: “Why should people who can’t get to a branch library miss out on a good read, or on research information or internet access? We’re going to review our mobile library routes so we can make as many worthwhile stops as possible, and in particular address areas of need around Cornwall.” 

“Plus, we are excited to see what creativity and activity we can encourage using these flexible, multi-purpose vehicles. Please catch this series of engagement events to give us your original and inspirational ideas on what Cornwall Council - and its partner organisations - can bring direct to your community.” 

Join us at the following locations on Monday 16 March to have your say: Mullion Village Hall from 9.30 to 11.30 am, or St Keverne Primary School from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.

We will be coming to more locations across Cornwall over the coming weeks, details to follow.