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Fenland mobile library resuming services post lockdown

The mobile library service is back on the move on Cambridgeshire’s roads for the first time after being paused due to coronavirus restrictions earlier this year. 
Farcet School is one of the stops of the Fenland Mobile Library, set to resume on September 21 (Photo: Google Maps)

Two new vehicles will be launched and a third has been renovated in time for the service to resume on Monday, September 21. The new vehicles are fitted with solar panels to provide energy to the interior of the van, powering its lights, laptop and heating.

Many of the books in the new vehicles will be brand new and all of the mobile libraries are wheelchair accessible, also providing a wide range of services such as free NHS hearing aid batteries, and walking stick ferrules, stamps and reading glasses are available to buy. 

The vehicles are returning to their regular stops - including Whittlesey, Farcet and Alwalton - although access to the vehicle will be limited and some measures will be in place to help keep everyone safe and limit the risk of Covid-19. 

Signs will direct customers to leave returned books in a box at the bottom of the steps and staff will hand out items to customers from the vehicle entrance. All returned books are quarantined for 72 hours before being removed from customer account and made available for others to borrow. 

In line with government guidance, no more than six people will be able to be at the mobile libraries at any one time. 

Customers can pre-order books to collect from the mobile libraries using our usual free reservation service here. 
Alternatively, use the new ‘Select and Collect’ service by going online here or by calling the Customer Service Centre on 0345 045 5225. We encourage everyone to order as far in advance as possible to ensure a selection is ready (ideally a week in advance, but we will do our best with forms received after this). 

Cllr Steve Criswell, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities and Partnership Committee, said: "I am so pleased to see our mobile libraries are set to return across Cambridgeshire. At a time where many of us are still restricted in what we can do or may not feel comfortable in going out as often as we usually would, the mobile libraries will provide a vital service for many people and provide access to books and other resources. 

"We hope that the vehicles will be more than just libraries and will become a key part of local communities by providing an increasing number of essential services and being used for various events. Our brand-new vehicles will help us to continue an already exceptional service."

To check the mobile library visiting times by clicking on the stopping location in your area on this map. Click on ‘find nearest’ and select ‘mobile libraries’. 

If you have any queries, contact the Mobile Libraries team by emailing: or for more information about library services visit the website here