More than 800 people have had their say about mobile libraries around Bucks, which could be scrapped by May next year under new proposals.

The service is under threat due to dwindling numbers, with figures revealing that in the last two years, almost three quarters of the 65 service stops by the county council’s three mobile library vehicles are being used by less than five customers each time.

Bucks County Council is proposing to discontinue the current service and replace it with a range of options including the Home Library Service, wider provision of online library lending services and working with communities to develop options like ‘click and collect’ schemes.

It launched a consultation on November 1, which will end on Sunday (December 31).

Noel Brown, cabinet member for community engagement and public health, said: “I am pleased that through this consultation over 800 people have given us their views on the alternative options to mobile libraries.

“This really is your last chance to take part so if you haven’t already done so please complete the short consultation.

“We want to explore all of the options available and ensure that each area in Buckinghamshire has a suitable and sustainable service in place should the current service stop.”

The council also cited high running costs as a reason for proposing to axe the service, saying that the average cost per item issued at a mobile library is “substantially higher” than items issued in library buildings.

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