THOUSANDS of pounds is being spent on a new mobile library service.
Portsmouth City Council has revealed it will be spending £100,000 on a new library bus that will have adult and children’s books on board.
Currently, there is a weekly service that visits various locations in the city but it only has reading material for adults.
The children’s library bus service, which visited nurseries and supermarket car parks, was axed by the council in the summer after it proved too costly.
But £100,000 has been spent on a new bus that is set to make its debut next summer.
It will serve the north of the city including Drayton, Farlington, Anchorage Park and sections of Paulsgrove.
Councillor Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture at the council, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled that we are providing the mobile library service to residents in the north of the city.
‘This service will help more people – particularly young children, the elderly and those with disabilities – experience the joy of reading.
‘Following the new and popular Southsea library opening, this new mobile unit is a further strong statement of the council’s determination to keep on delivering value-for-money library services citywide.’
He added that although other towns are getting rid of their services, Portsmouth is investing heavily.
‘Portsmouth’s new mobile library will help reach into more communities better than before,’ he said.
‘The unit will have an emphasis on city north neighbourhoods to improve services there, but will also help engage with more people at local shows, events and gatherings throughout the city.’
The mobile library will enable people who cannot travel to, or get access to, library buildings can still have an option to read.
Lindy Elliott, library services manager, said: ‘This mobile library is an important step to support reading, learning and literacy across the city.
‘It will also provide a better service to residential homes, car parks, shopping centres and other areas in the north of the city.’