There are many ways libraries touch lives. One example is Library Link.
Launched in Muirhouse Library in 1992, Library Link provides transport to and from the library for users who, due to physical constraints, would be otherwise unable to visit.
In the library customers choose their books and other materials then join other Link members for a cup of tea and a chat.
Over the past twenty years the service has gone from strength to strength and now covers libraries across the city.
Library Link forms a unique partnership between libraries and the voluntary sector. The WRVS recruit and support volunteer escorts to accompany the link members and transport is provided by organisations such as PEP (Pilton Equalities Project) and SEAG (South Edinburgh Amenities Group).
Over the past few weeks many of our Library Link members have been holding parties to celebrate our twentieth anniversary, as the pictures below show.
A very special party at Muirhouse Library tomorrow will celebrate the success and continued longevity of Library Link. It will be an opportunity to thank many of the individuals involved and show gratitude to the volunteer organisations that make this partnership work so well.
The schedule for the day will include the introduction of a new Edinburgh City Libraries brochure. ”My library keeps me out and about” Library services for older people is a new booklet providing information about the various activities and services available to older people in Edinburgh, or anyone who finds it difficult to use their library through disability or illness.
Here’s to the next twenty years!