A NEW pilot scheme in Wrose could help more people access library books.

Bradford Council’s Libraries Service is working in partnership with Age UK Bradford District to order and collect library books from their Community Hub in Wrose.

The area's existing community run library, a few doors down from the Age UK hub, shut last year.

The new service is a new way for any Wrose resident who cannot easily access other Bradford Libraries services, to borrow books.

The Book Exchange will be open at Wrose to take orders and for collection of requested books on Mondays and Thursdays, between 1pm and 3pm. Customers can call in or phone 01274 391190 at these times to use the Book Exchange. Books can be returned to Wrose Age UK Bradford District during Hub opening hours - Monday - Saturday 9am - 4pm.

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The Exchange started taking customer requests this week and officially opens on Monday.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “This is a great example of working with our partners to help and support our local communities. We know how important books and access to them are to our residents and this will give our residents another way to borrow and return books and also enjoy some company to talk about books.”

Mark Rounding, Chief Executive, Age UK Bradford District, said: “Age UK Bradford District is delighted to develop this partnership with Bradford Council Library Services.

"The book exchange means that the local Community Hub in Wrose has yet another facility enabling people to access what they need in their local communities.

"At Wrose this has included events with the Green Doctor for energy efficiency advice, the provision of IT training and support as well as access to Age UK Bradford District’s full range of functions.”