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Libraries, like vinyl records, are undergoing a renaissance and the county’s mobile service has proved to be a lifeline for many in South Holland’s rural areas.

Lincolnshire’s Mobile Library Service is not only providing an important lending service but also vital contact for isolated and vulnerable people.

More than 200 stops feature on the rota of the mobile service, which has recently been boosted by three new vans.

Benjamin Tatton of Lincolnshire Mobile Library Service (53477244)
Benjamin Tatton of Lincolnshire Mobile Library Service (53477244)

Along with the traditional stops in the centre of a village, it also provides a much loved tailored delivery service.

Benjamin Tatton, who is the mobile library team leader for the south, said: “For the mobile library we offer more than just books in rural areas.

“I feel that we are having a renaissance in the same way that there is a renaissance in vinyl. A lot of the comments we receive from our borrowers is that there is nothing like the feel of a book in your hand.

Benjamin Tatton of Lincolnshire Mobile Library Service (53477241)
Benjamin Tatton of Lincolnshire Mobile Library Service (53477241)

“We are a lifeline for people. After the first lockdown we realised how important the service was to people.”

The 14-strong mobile team, which are based in Sleaford, offers three services.

There is the traditional stop where the van halts in places like Baston, Cowbit, Rippingale and Surfleet, for people to pop in and borrow a book.

Benjamin Tatton of Lincolnshire Mobile Library Service (53477250)
Benjamin Tatton of Lincolnshire Mobile Library Service (53477250)

Shelves on the vans are restocked regularly with a wide variety of genres and nothing is over two years old.

The team is hoping to re-start the delivery service to care homes shortly.

Another key service is access which delivers pre-ordered books to an individual’s home.

Benjamin Tatton of Lincolnshire Mobile Library Service (53477247)
Benjamin Tatton of Lincolnshire Mobile Library Service (53477247)

Currently access, which has been running for 10 years, supports 350 individuals by delivering books on a four-week rota - but the team would like to support more people.

Benjamin said: “We are used by a lot of isolated people who don’t necessarily get a lot of contact.

“It is a rural lifeline as people out in the villages don’t see a lot of people or get a lot of services. We are there every month offering value for money as we are free.

“We get to know our borrowers very well.”

Benjamin started working for the library service 14 years ago.

He said: “I love it and so pleased I got into it.

“Every day is different. You meet so many people and everyone has a story to tell.”

For more information contact the customer service centre on 01522 782010 or email lincslibrary.support@gll.org



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