Losers in Library closures to receive six-weekly mobile visits

Moray Library users in the four communities who had their local branches closed as a result of budget cuts are being advised that the sole remaining mobile service will visit their communities.

The move comes after Moray Council decided to close branches in Rothes, Portknockie, Findochty and Hopeman. Libraries in Burghead, Dufftown and Cullen were saved from closure following a fierce campaign by Save our Libraries Moray, who took the first steps towards legal action to force a rethink by the local authority.

Moray Council say that those living in the affected communities can continue borrowing books and DVD’s through the mobile service visits at six-weekly intervals.

A spokesman said: “All are very welcome to visit the library when it calls. You do not need to be an existing library customer and you can borrow as many books as you need to see you through to the next visit.

“You can also use the mobile van if you also use another library such as Buckie or Elgin.”

The next visits by the mobile library van will be made to Rothes’ Seafield Square on Friday, February 7 from 1pm to 4pm and the Victoria Hotel car park in Portknockie on Monday February 17 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Visits by the van to Findochty Town Hall car part will be on Monday, February 17 from 2.45pm to 3.45pm and Hopeman Harbour on Monday, February 24 from 9.15am until 12.15pm.

More information is available by contacting Elgin library on 01343 562600 or by e-mailing elgin.library@moray.gov.uk

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