In March 2007, Cork City Libraries launched a new van-based service to bring library services to people who cannot travel to their local library. Items for borrowing include books, DVDs, video tapes and audio-books on CD or on cassette. This is a city-wide service and is free of charge. Customers can make requests for items to satisfy their personal interests. The van, manned by library staff, calls to individual homes, day-care centres, and nursing homes on a regular basis. Customers may select items from the shelves in the van or can have selections handed to them in their houses. The new van is wheelchair accessible. The service also provides block loans to institutions in the area, such as residential homes, hospitals, and day-care centres.
The van-based service was developed after the success of a car-based pilot scheme in the Mayfield/Montenotte area, begun in May 2001, which proved very popular with members of the community who could not go to the library because of mobility problems, illness, or disability. If you wish to avail of this service, please contact Sinéad Feely: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 021-4924961 or 021-4924900.