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Trefor, the Housebound Library Assistant

A Council home library service has welcomed the start of a new electric powered chapter.

Denbighshire Libraries are taking delivery of a Peugeot e-expert van to cut down on the home library service’s carbon emissions.

The Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency in 2019 and committed to seeking to become a Net Carbon Zero and more Ecologically Positive Council by 2030.

Part of the drive to reduce carbon output across the Council includes supporting the reduction of carbon emissions from fleet vehicles.

The home library service supports those who cannot make it to a library due to ill health, disability or caring responsibilities.

It can visit someone’s own home, sheltered accommodation, nursing home or day centre once a month.

People can use the online catalogue to request items 24 hours a day and the service offers a wide selection that can be borrowed for a month at a time – including books and audiobooks in Welsh and English and can help you download free digital ebooks and newspapers if you wish.

The new addition to the service is able to cover ranges of up to 200 miles.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport said: “The Council is working hard to reduce our carbon footprint and I am pleased to see such a vital service receiving a modern mode of transport to help us achieve this goal.”

Cllr Emrys Wynne, Lead Member for the Welsh Language, Culture and Heritage said: “This new electric van will carry on delivering the same important home service to those who cannot access their local library to allow them to continue to enjoy the fantastic benefits our libraries have to offer.”

To contact the Home Library Service please phone Ruthin Library on 01824 705274 or email

Published on: 27 February 2023