A potential lifeline for literature lovers in Pittenweem and surrounding areas has been relaunched ahead of the long winter months.
The restoration of Pittenweem Community Library’s pioneering Books on Wheels delivery service means that anyone fearful of leaving the house can now order books from the library’s online catalogue and get them delivered by bicycle.
Giving everyone the chance to have a regular supply of books could prove hugely beneficial during any future lockdowns, or even just for those who find it difficult to get out to physically visit the library, organisers said.
The service will therefore see a volunteer get on their bike and visit participants, at an agreed time, at their home.
Users can browse a list of books or, if they have access to a computer, an online catalogue showing all of the available stock is also available.
Local man Sam Wade, who is involved with the project, said: “We are trying hard to help keep Pittenweem and the East Neuk alive and thriving at this difficult time.”
Books, talking books, large print books and DVDs can be delivered to people’s doors at a suitable time, while volunteers will also pick the books up once read.
The library reopened three years ago as a volunteer-run resource to benefit the whole of the East Neuk and membership has grown since then to around 450 readers of all ages now able to access a record number of books.
The volunteer-run library emerged from lockdown back in June to start up an order and collect service for eager readers.
This continues to be popular with users booking titles online via the library catalogue, and then collecting them from the door by appointment on Monday afternoons.
And Pittenweem took a further step towards normality last month by opening its doors on Wednesdays and Saturdays to allow a growing number of users to walk in off the street to browse the shelves in a safe and socially distanced environment.
All services provided by the library are absolutely free.
Anyone wanting to find out more can telephone 01333 311 591, email email@example.com or visit the library’s website via pittenweemlibrary.org.uk.