NORTH Yorkshire County Council’s “supermobile” library services begins operating in the region later this month.
From 24 October, the library will call at five locations across Whitby and district on a rolling fortnightly timetable.
The supermobile is the replacement to conventional mobile libraries, withdrawn last month, and offers a “superior service”, carrying around 3,000 items of stock including books, DVDs, videos, audio books and also offers internet access.
The library will remain at each location for two hours and coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for North Yorkshire, said: “We know, of course, that the withdrawal of the mobile libraries created concerns for people who valued their service and who live in the more remote parts of the county.
“What we are trying to do here is to offer a much-improved replacement.
“While the supermobile will not be able to replicate the routes of all the mobiles entirely, we have drawn up a schedule which attempts to ensure that people living furthest away from our library network will have the opportunity to borrow books and audio and video items from a much larger range of stock, with the added benefit of internet access.
“By designing a schedule based on two-hourly stops, we hope that the supermobile might, in time, become a focal point for other community serices, much in the way that static building-based libraries are used by a wide range of organisations such as citizen’s advice.
“We are already working actively with partners to think about using these visits as focal points to involve other agencies and community activity.”
The first week of the supermobile schedule sees the library visiting Danby on Thursday mornings between 10.30am-12.30.
This will be followed by a visit to Castleton between 2pm-4pm. An evening service will then visit Staithes between 5pm-7pm.
The second week of the fortnightly rotation then sees the library visiting Robin Hood’s Bay on Monday mornings between 10am-noon.
This is followed the same day by a visit to Sleights between 1.30pm-3.30pm.