Picture of Leeds mobile library on Butcher Hill, Leeds.
I have several times seen one of the Leeds libraries mobile library out and about but they were always on the road and going in the opposite direction. I was on a bus, the wrong one as it happened, so it was easy to jump off when the bus passed a mobile library parked up.
I was rather lost anyway, and had no good idea of where I was other than somewhere not too far from Headingley. The library vehicle was parked in a pub car park, the pub being the Dalesman on Butcher Hill.
I had once before been in a mobile library here in Leeds, the children's one which was parked outside the Civic Hall as a display for the day.
I noticed when I was looking on the web for details of the mobile libraries route that there is a photo of the mobile library right here in the pub car park from 1971 on the launch of the new service. Back then there was a driver and 3 assistant librarians to operate the service. Today the mobile library has one member of staff, who is both the driver and also runs the library. We chatted for a while and I learned something of the mobile library service and that we had both served in the military.
The mobile library visits Butcher Hill on Fridays between 1245 - 1445 and can be found at the Dalesman Pub, Old Farm Approach LS16 5DD.
Cones of Stayton
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