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208,000 books lent by mobile vans
Inside one of Suffolk's mobile libraries
Fiction goes on one side of the van, non-fiction on the other

Over 6000 people are using Suffolk's six mobile libraries, which have loaned more than 200,000 books in 2009.

Five of the mobile libraries have satellite dishes on their roofs which connect them to the internet.

BBC Suffolk is supporting the Anything But Shhh campaign, encouraging the use of the county's library service which isn't just about the lending of books.

Over 300 parishes are visited by the vans which cover 59 separate routes and take in over 700 stops.

"I'd definitely miss it if it wasn't here. I do use the library in town but only for reference work, but this is the main one."

"It's absolutely brilliant. I find most of what I need and if I can't, I can ask."

"You don't have to zoom off to Bury or other big places like that."

Those were just some of the comments from people using a mobile library when it visited Walsham-le-Willows near Bury St Edmunds.

In 2009 that meant they were just a handful of users who borrowed over 200,000 books from the vans.

This compares to the 2008 figures, when 195,000 books were lent from the vans.

Steve Adams is a mobile library manager:

Mobile library
Parking up at a village hall is known as a 'community stop'

"It works just like a normal library except that we make community stops at village halls or even a stop outside someone's home.

"I visit playgroups as well and we get classrooms full of children.

"This year I've done the Newmarket Carnival, Lark In The Park at Mildenhall and the county fayre at Elmswell.

"It's a great job. I really love meeting people and people really appreciate the service.

"Some people get on and they might not have seen anyone else for a fortnight - so I love it."

Five of the six vans have satellite dishes on top, which means they have full internet connections. The one which doesn't is being replaced in November 2009 and the old one will be kept as a back-up vehicle.


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