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
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
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 email@example.com
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
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
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