Library vans trial evening service

Mattishall is one of five Norfolk villages selected to trial evening visits from Norfolk's mobile library service.The trial scheme involves fortnightly evening.

Mattishall is one of five Norfolk villages selected to trial evening visits from Norfolk's mobile library service.

The trial scheme involves fortnightly evening. The van is next due to call at Mattishall's Church Plain on Thursday, October 2, 6 - 7.15pm.

From April 2007 to March this year, 153,000 visits were made to Norfolk's 15-strong fleet of mobile libraries and 689,000 books were issued over this period.

Norfolk County Council will begin reviewing the success of the rural evening stops trial in November.


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Jennifer Holland, Head of Libraries at Norfolk County Council, said: "The initial reaction to the trial has been excellent and everyone who has come along to the evening stops has really appreciated the opportunity. We're hopeful that if this level of support continues we will be able to continue the evening stops on a permanent basis."

John Gretton, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said: "Many of the people who use Norfolk's mobile library service live in remote locations and would otherwise not have easy access to a wide range of books. The evening stops are allowing even more people to get reading and the response so far has demonstrated how valuable this extended service is."

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