Quaker Mobile Library, London|
The Quaker Mobile Library is an innovative library service in London that provides books to borrow for people who would otherwise be unable to take books out of the library, due to having 'no fixed abode'. The Quaker Mobile Library London has approximately 1,000 readers every year who borrow books.
More than 30 volunteers staff the van. They make up to 5 runs each week to shelters, hostels, and soup run locations around London. Most volunteers do one shift per month, although some volunteer more often than that.
The variety of books sought and borrowed by the library readers is excellent. The Quaker Mobile Library has a large collection of foreign language books as well as novels, mysteries, and non-fiction. Perhaps more important, the reader and volunteers have conversations about the books. This can be a very welcome change from talk about services or benefits or moving on. The volunteers recommend books and discuss books. Most volunteers report very high 'job satisfaction'; they enjoy being a part of a project that respects the dignity of the individual.
In May 2009 and May 2010, the Quaker Mobile Library won the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals' top prize at the Mobile Meet. The award, 'The Shropshire Leisure Services Concours Winner', is given annually for the Most Innovative Mobile Library. We are thrilled to have received this recognition.
The Quaker Mobile Library also celebrated its 10th Anniversary of Service in October 2009.
The Quaker Mobile Library is always looking for more volunteers, especially drivers. If you would like to volunteer, please email info@QHA.org.uk for more information. You can also download and send in the following forms.
If you would like to donate books to the the Quaker Mobile Library, please email info@QHA.org.uk to ask if we need more books. The most popular genres are mysteries, science fiction & fantasy, biographies, and graphic novels. We also lend popular fiction. We never need romance novels, DIY, large picture books (ie coffee table books), or travel books.
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