Books On Wheels

Re-blogged from Tales of One City.

This reminds me of the happy weeks I spent working with the mobile library service in Falkirk. It was tremendous fun going round the houses with the driver/library assistant – who was pretty much the most impressive driver I’ve ever met. He could turn that gigantic bus on a penny – in and out of the narrowest streets without any trouble at all.

It was also a huge laugh talking to the auld Falkirk ladies who came in for new supplies of Mills & Boon to see them through the week. I caused much hilarity by commenting on the raciness of the cover art  🙂

Tales of One City

4293291804_b4c2a7f632_oEdinburgh is well served by libraries with 28 branches across the city. However, it’s not always possible for some folks to reach these branches so we have a number of other services operating which allow access to books and reading. These include the mobile library, the home delivery service an library link.

Mobile Library Service
The mobile library service first took to the road in 1949 becoming the first service of its kind in Scotland.  The first van cost £1,836 and carried around 2,000 books across 10 sites.

Mobile Library out in the community Mobile library in 1954

These days the mobile library makes 79 different stops across the city covering areas from Balerno and Ratho to Leith and Restalrig.  It also visits sheltered housing and retirement flats where residents can come on to the bus to choose book and books can be delivered straight to the rooms of those living in care homes. 

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