Readers in North and Central Aberdeenshire who are unable to use library facilities through long-term illness or a disability are being encouraged to use a free direct delivery service.
The Library Direct initiative was piloted in Inverurie but is now being rolled out across all of Central and North Aberdeenshire. It is hoped the service will soon be available in South Aberdeenshire too.
All residents in the area, regardless of age, who are temporarily or permanently confined to their home due to disability, infirmity or illness can use the service. It is also available to the carers of someone affected by these conditions. Volunteers work closely with the local library to deliver a small collection to suit individual requirements. This collection can consist of books, talking books, music CDs or DVDs. Volunteers will return every four weeks to collect loaned items and deliver new resources.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “This service is a great addition to the Library and Information Service, and will allow people who cannot make it into our branches in North and Central Aberdeenshire, to continue to enjoy their membership.
“Our staff will work alongside volunteers to distribute requested materials to our members, allowing them to enjoy these resources in their own homes.”
Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Ron McKail, added: “Anything we can do to help people who are confined to home, to enjoy the benefits of our library service is a great thing and I would encourage people in Aberdeenshire to take advantage of this new service. I hope that we are soon able to offer the initiative in our South Aberdeenshire branches too.”
If you are interested in receiving this service for yourself, family member or friend please get in touch with your local library.
Contact details for all libraries can be found online at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries/index.asp.