The mobile library provides a library service to some rural areas in Somerset where there is no static library.
The mobile carries a selection of books on many subjects, novels, large print books, books for children and talking books. You can borrow DVDs on request. The stock is exchanged at regular intervals using material from other libraries.
Our vehicle is accessible to wheelchairs. The mobile library driver will help you get on and off the vehicle.
To use the mobile library service you must be a member of Somerset Libraries. You can join by filling in a membership form and bringing some proof of your name and current address, such as a recent utility bill or a driving licence. We will issue you a membership card, which you can use in any Somerset library. If you already have a Somerset library membership card, please show this to the staff.
You can borrow up to 20 items. Books borrowed from the mobile library are issued for 8 weeks, but other materials (DVDs and talking books) are issued for 4 weeks, that is for one visit and a standard loan charge. For example, the standard charge for a one-week loan of a DVD in a library will also apply to a 4-week loan of a DVD from a mobile library.
You can renew items online at www.librarieswest.org.uk or by phone on 0300 123 2224. Or you can show the books to the mobile library driver for renewing and re-stamping.
If you cannot find the book you want, ask the driver for help. If the book is not on the mobile, you can make a request and a fee is charged for this service.
Although no overdue charges are applied on items borrowed from the mobile library, borrowers are asked to return their loan items by the due date, or to request renewal. DVDs and talking books can be borrowed for the standard loan charge.
There are 152 stops around the county, serving 128 communities.
To find your nearest stop, use the index to the routes. Make a note of the stop code and then turn to the schedule and find the route and stop you need. The location of each stop is given, as well as the dates of visits for the current year.
If a visit is cancelled, the mobile library staff will try to inform all the customers on the route. We will renew any items due that day until the next visit. It is a good idea to write that new date on the date label.
Home Library Service
The library service provides the Home Library Service for people who are unable to access library facilities, often people who are vulnerable or who may have disabilities or mobility needs. To find out how to access these services, phone Libraries Direct on 0300 123 2224 or you can email the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) at kirsty.Jenssen@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk Find out more on our Home Library Service page.