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Wick Library

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Caithness Mobile Library
(Serving the parts other libraries can't reach)

Villages in Caithness are still served by the Mobile Library service which operates from Wick library.  The day we caught up with the library (24 January 2001) it was at Mey where the Queen Mother has her castle on the coast.   Mrs Pat Message the librarian was on leave and the library was being covered by her relief Robin Inglis (who in one of his many personae also keeps bees,  sells honey and rebuilds old Morris Minors).  Robin has been relief on the library for eleven years but the main mobile librarian Mrs Pat Message has been driving books to readers for twenty years.

Gordon Ingles relief librarian issuing books to Mrs Lorna Ross of Mey

Here the van is parked outside the Castle Arms Hotel in the village of Mey.
The big yellow van travels around Caithness, taking the library service to country schools, remote farmsteads and to village centres.  The van follows a timetable based on alternate weeks ensuring everyone receives a visit once a fortnight.  There are too many stops to list but the following gives an idea of where the van goes.

If you need to find out which is your nearest stop, or obtain information about any library service, please contact your local library -
Wick Mobile Base - 01955 602864
Thurso  - 01847 893237
Week 1        
Monday Lybster 9.30 - 10.30  Lybster 2.30 - 3.00
  Latheronwheel 11.30 - 12.15    
Tuesday Dunbeath 10.30 - 11.15    
  Berriedale 11.30 - 12.00    
Wednesday Halkirk 11.00 - 12.30    
Thursday Reay 10.30 - 11.00    
Week 2        
Monday Thrumster 10.30 - 11.00 Watten 2.30 - 4.00
Tuesday Keiss 9.40 - 10.30 John O'Groats 2.30 - 3.00
Wednesday Barrock 11.20 - 11.50 Dunnet 12.00 - 12.30
Thursday Bower 10.00 - 10.20 Castletown 3.00 - 4.30