Worcestershire Libraries awarded over £300,000 to invest in a mobile library eBus.

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Worcestershire County Council has secured over £300k to replace one of the current library vans with a new electric mobile library and outreach vehicle. 

This funding will be a welcome boost for people living across Worcestershire. The much-loved mobile library provides opportunities for people to meet up together as well as access to the latest book loans. 

One mobile library customer said: “Over the years, the mobile library service has added to the sense of community in rural areas as well as providing a social function for the community.” 

Another praised the service saying, “I can go weeks without seeing or speaking to anyone, so this is essential for my mental health.” 

The introduction of a new electric vehicle will not only enhance the reliability and sustainability of Worcestershire’s mobile library service but also pave the way for a new library outreach programme across the county. 

The programme will include visits to schools, where it will instil a love for reading in children, digital skills support sessions and hosting services focused on improving health and wellbeing.

Hannah Perrott, Assistant Director for Communities added: "We are thrilled to receive this grant, which will enable us to modernise our mobile library service and better serve the diverse needs of Worcestershire communities through innovative outreach initiatives."

The Council’s library service was successful in securing the funding through the Libraries Improvement Fund (LIF) which is administered by Arts Council England. 

For more information about Worcestershire Libraries mobile library service and Library events and activities visit the Mobile Library pages of the County Council website.