Pop up books for Braemar residents

Katrina Farquhar and Isobel Davidson
Katrina Farquhar and Isobel Davidson

Aberdeenshire Council officially opened a new library venture in Braemar within VisitScotland Information Centre on Thursday, May 14 that will allow people in the area to access books and more.

The council has created the library in partnership with the national tourism organisation.

Braemar Pop Up library began in January and a collection of over 150 items now sit neatly alongside a self-issue unit that allows borrowers to issue and return books in a matter of seconds.

VisitScotland staff will be on hand to assist borrowers as required and help people become a member.

Another great feature is the Sunday opening hours, the first of its kind for any Aberdeenshire Library.

Upper Deeside Councillor, Geva Blacket said: “I have always been passionate about books and having this new facility in Braemar means we all have access 7 days a week instead of either depending on the mobile library or making the 32 mile round trip to Ballater.

“This is a great venture between Aberdeenshire Council and VisitScotland and one that could be replicated throughout remote Scottish communities”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “The new library is another successful collaboration between Aberdeenshire Council’s Library and Information Service and VisitScotland and is the only library in the region open on a Sunday.

“Book-lovers in the area now have permanent access to their favourite material with more flexibility, without having to travel to libraries in Ballater or Aboyne or wait for the mobile library.

“It is a great way to bring the library service closer to the community.”

Vice chair Councillor Ron McKail added: “This is a good example of local organisations working together to provide a community solution and I’m sure that people in Braemar will take advantage of the new service.

“The service is very flexible, with a self-issue facility and the ability to place book reservations online and access books in any Aberdeenshire library.

“I would recommend that anyone in Aberdeenshire who loves reading sign up to the Library and Information Service and see what fantastic books and events are on offer.”

VisitScotland Regional Director Philip Smith said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Aberdeenshire Council in this way and we hope to inspire visitors and residents alike with both the fictional and factual information on offer.

“As well as assisting visitors who want to join the library, our staff will be on hand to help out those borrowing books.

“It is great news that we are also helping the library service extend its opening hours in Upper Deeside, as Braemar VisitScotland Information Centre is open on Sundays.

“We hope this new service will inspire local book lovers to get out and enjoy their local attractions.”