Mayo County has two mobile libraries and between them they cover up to 1000 miles per week. The first mobile library has been in operation for two years and a second vehicle has been on the road since May 1980.
The mobile library carries out a fortnightly run and makes a total of 93 stops bringing 3000 books of all genres to an otherwise isolated rural community. The library is patronised by people from all walks of life; farmers, priests and schoolchildren.
Library assistant Mary Glady loves her job and never gets bored as she is always moving from place to place. She enjoys dealing with the customers she meets on her travels.
Mayo County Librarian Pat McMahon believes the library is a valuable means of self education, informal education and self development for the people. He does not see why a library has to be confined by four walls.
Sharing is the whole point of a library service and this mobile service is a fine example of the library reaching out to the people and sharing.
An RTÉ News report first broadcast on 6 January 1981.