#BookyMcBookface Orkney’s Amazing Mobile Library Service

Scotland’s first ever National Mobile Libraries Day will take place on Wednesday 20th November as part of Book Week Scotland, giving everyone the chance to celebrate the vital services mobile libraries provide.

Orkney mobile library

Photo Orkney Library and Archives

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Launched by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), the day will promote the value and impact of mobile library services in Scotland.

Scotland’s mobile libraries are much more than a book delivery system. They are a social, educational, recreational, health and cultural service which has almost 37,000 registered mobile library users. SLIC has highlighted that the service is often referred to as a lifeline – with users valuing the personal service from staff and the wide range of resources available.

Statistics from 2018-2019 show that the Orkney Library & Archive mobile library service had 1200 registered users. There were 4,424 visits to the mobile library, and 14,798 books were issued.

To celebrate National Mobile Libraries Day (20th of November)  our Mobile Library, #BookyMcBookface, will be:

visiting both Firth and Holm playgroups in the morning; children will be welcome on board Booky to borrow a book and receive a Booky badge

• parked in the Broad Street car park from 2-4.30 in the afternoon where everyone is welcome on board Booky to have a look around and see what this service is all about

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