Leeds new look mobile library on streets

It's the last word in modern mobile library design and soon it will be rolling into neighbourhoods across Leeds.

Council chiefs have unveiled a new state-of-the-art mobile library that is the first of its kind in Leeds and will take to the roads next month.

Aimed at children aged under 12 and their families, people were given a sneak preview of the facilities on board when it parked up in front of the Central Library in Victoria Gardens.

The brightly coloured vehicle designed to the council's own specifications, is 28ft long and weighs 7.5 tonnes.

It will feature more than 1,500 items specially selected to appeal to children, from board books and picture books to popular stories and resources to help with homework.

There will also be a selection of novels and information books for parents and carers as well as public internet access, a seating area for story-telling and a pull-out awning to extend the space outside the vehicle.

Over the next few weeks the library will visit festivals and community events around the city before starting its working life visiting nurseries and children's centres.

Leeds now has a seven-strong fleet of mobile libraries with a total of more than 17,000 items ranging from story books for children and large-print books for older customers.

As well as visiting rural parts of Leeds and districts with no branch library, they also offer an "at home" service taking library facilities to people's doorsteps.

All of the mobiles are being given modern and colourful new liveries, as well as free public internet access on the larger vehicles.

Coun Adam Ogilvie, the council's executive member for leisure, said: "This new mobile library is going to be a fantastic new addition to our fleet which does such a fantastic job across the city and we are really pleased people are now able to see it.

"The distinctive new colour-scheme is really eye-catching too, so I would encourage anyone who has not been on a mobile library for many years to take a look as the level of services they can provide now is amazing."

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