Essex County Council wants your views on future of mobile libraries

A mobile library in action, travelling around the county

A mobile library in action, travelling around the county

There are less than three weeks left for residents to have their say on the future of Essex’s mobile libraries.

With seven of the nine mobile libraries coming to the end of their working lives Essex County Council are urging people to send in their views and ideas for the services’ future.

According to council figures the number of people using mobile libraries has dropped by almost 50% in the lpst seven years. Over a 12 week period 35 of the stops serviced by the libraries received no visitors at all.

Sue Barker, cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “We have had a really positive response so far, but we want to make sure as many people as possible get the chance to comment on our ideas.”

Other suggestions being considered by the council include the setting up of small libraries in village halls, shops and pubs.

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The consultation in to the future of mobile libraries ends on November 6.

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