Island residents have a mobile library to thanks for its access to new books.
Rathlin Island is a beautiful and historic place on the coast of Northern Ireland. The island boasts a population of around 150 people, half of whom use the mobile library service NI Libraries.
Books are delivered by mobile librarian, William Galloway, once a month.
With no permanent library or bookshop on the island, the service is essential for reading addicts! Resident readers confirm that the library is an absolute lifeline for them:
“I read a lot of different things, like National Geographic and unusual things, you know? It’s a great service to the island.”
Local llama owner, Julie-Ann, says:
“We’ve got a lot of pet animals here, every time we get another pet animal William came down and saw it and the next month I had a book on it without asking!”