HC Deb 31 March 1930 vol 237 cc893-4

asked the President of the Board of Education what is the number of local authorities with travelling libraries: the number of books circulated; the number who take advantage of such facilities when available; and the total annual cost of the service?


Fifty-five county authorities in England and Wales provide a rural library service under which books are circulated to villages either by library vans or by other means. The total cost of this service in 1928–29 was about £138,000. No returns are furnished to the Board which would enable me to answer the remaining parts of the question, but I may perhaps refer my hon. Friend to the report of the Library Association on county libraries, which contains some unofficial information on the points raised.