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Mobile Library Consultation

The council has already carried out two consultations on the future of the Library Service, with a view to modernising services and delivering savings, following ongoing cuts from central government.
The council is now asking for residents views on how the Mobile Library and Library Link services can deliver a more efficient service through optimisation of their routes and timetables.

The Mobile Library service operates five days a week, visiting 40 communities and making a total of 182 stops per month. The Library Link service serves residents who are unable to reach their local library operates 20 routes around the Borough per month, making regular visits to individual housebound users, residential homes, and sheltered housing schemes.

Having reviewed the locations, proposed changes to the timetable would mean some stops will be more frequent and some less frequent. However no village or care home will lose its service.


How to find out more and have your say

Have your Say


You can view the proposed timetable here

You can complete an online response form here

Hard copies are available in libararies, on the mobile libraries, at Borough Hall and the Customer Contact Centre.

You can also email your comments to consultingbedford@bedford.gov.uk

You can also write to us at: Consulting Bedford, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

The consultation closes on 9 June 2017. Comments received may be publsihed.


Where we are now:

The Mobile Library service, based at Kempston Library, operates five days a week including alternate Saturdays. It visits 40 communities across the Borough over a two week period and makes a total of 182 stops per month.
Library Link provides a service to people who are unable to reach their local library due to ill health, frailty, lack of mobility or other limiting health conditions. This service is largely delivered via the Library Link Mobile which operates 20 routes around the Borough per month, making regular visits to individual housebound users, residential homes, sheltered housing schemes and other locations.


What will the changes mean?

The Mobile Library is now 9.5 years old and the Library Link Mobile is 12 years old. Both vehicles are approaching the end of their useful life and are overdue for renewal.
The Mobile Library will be replaced with a new, more cost efficient vehicle and the Library Link Mobile with a smaller, more flexible delivery vehicle with a reconfiguration of the timetables and routes to accommodate these changes. This will allow a one off reduction in vehicle replacement costs of £65,000 and an ongoing saving in running costs of £7,000 per annum.

What happens next?

Senior Officers and the Portfolio Holder (Councillor responsible for Libraries) will consider all responses to the consultation. The outcome will be published on the Bedford Borough Council website, and information will be made available in libraries and on the vehicles. this website will also be updated.

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