SHROPSHIRE'S rural library will visit rural locations near Wem later this week as part of a new trial.

On Friday, October 8, the Shropshire Local Mobile will visit Clive, Shawbury and Hadnall.

The trial scheme plans to extend to more locations in the near future and follows the opening last month of the Shropshire Local Ludlow.

The mobile service will provide access to more remote and rural parts of the county without libraries or similar facilities, where residents may otherwise struggle to connect to council services.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council's Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, said: "We know it's so important for us to be as accessible as possible to our most rural communities.

"To respond to this challenge, we are trialling extending our Shropshire Local service by having Shropshire Local advisers on some of our mobile library vans to offer advice and information to those living in rural areas.

"Shropshire Local Mobile will be visiting several rural locations each week, helping to put the council back into these communities and helping us engage with more people, making it easier for them to find out about services ours and its partners services, and help them access these.

"As we develop Shropshire Local, we will look to include more locations and consider how we can help the service to reach into more communities across the county.

"This trial will allow us to test the benefits and uptake of this approach, and how we could develop it further."

To find out more about the Shropshire Local Mobile times visit