Borrowing without a library

RESIDENTS living in and around Belford are being encouraged to use their Community Book Point which was set up as part of a project to put libraries at the heart of the community.

Although Belford does not have a local library, under a trial scheme its residents can make a request for library books which will then be delivered to Bell View Resource Centre in the village for collection.

The scheme is part of a pilot project which will run until December and if successful it is hoped that it will be rolled out to other parts of the county.

Coun Neil Bradbury, executive member responsible for libraries at Northumberland County Council, said: “In Northumberland we are pushing to improve and expand our library service.

“The community in Belford have been so positive we were glad to provide this service.

“The service is on trial until December and I would really encourage people to try it out and let us know if it is something we should continue with in Belford and elsewhere.”

Resident Francis Octon has been using the scheme regularly since it started in February.

She said: “As both a big reader and a computer user I find this new system extremely useful for me.

“I can order the books very easily online and the convenience of being able to pick them up at Bell View when I am passing is wonderful. I would really miss it if it went away.”

Residents can join the scheme through Alnwick Library, the mobile library or the Bell View Resource Centre. They can then place a book request via the online library catalogue at www.northumberland.gov.uk/243 or by telephoning any library.

The project is part of a joint initiative between the county council and Durham County Council and is part of the Future Libraries Programme. formed by a partnership between national and local government.