Readers given help to do it by the book

A NEW scheme has been set up to ensure readers are able to borrow books from their local library even if they aren’t able to get there themselves.

North Tyneside Council’s library good neighbour scheme makes it easier for friends, relatives or carers to take out items on behalf of someone else.

Library staff can select suitable books for those who sign up for the free scheme and have them ready for the helper to collect.

Reservations from the library catalogue are free, and even if items are not returned on time, there are no charges for being overdue.

The council’s cabinet member for community and regulatory services, George Westwater, of Cullercoats, said: “North Tyneside’s residents really appreciate their libraries, but that means they can find it particularly disappointing if their circumstances change and they are unable to attend.

“Our new scheme is a great idea and enables people to continue to benefit from the service.

“It’s another example of how we’re working hard to place customers at the heart of everything we do.”

Enrolment forms are available at libraries, at or by calling (0191) 643 5270.