LIBRARY staff in Dudley have taken to the road to help residents who are self-isolating during the coronavirus lockdown.

Libraries across the borough have closed but staff are keeping busy by delivering prescriptions to those who are housebound.

Staff who would normally deliver Dudley’s Home Library Service are now on call to deliver urgent medical prescriptions to people across the borough, following a request from Dudley Council.

The team of five leave medicines on people's doorsteps, before phoning them to let them know that the delivery has been made.

David Potts, Better Libraries Partnership Manager for Dudley said: “I am extremely proud of the team, who have really risen to the challenge and embraced their new working day with enthusiasm and focus. Although we’ve only recently started deliveries the feedback we’ve received to date from those who are housebound and reliant on medication has been incredibly positive.

“We’re hoping to be able to contribute more to the local community in the coming weeks, for example by delivering food parcels and staffing food bank phone lines. Our library staff have a multitude of skills and we’re keen to put them to good use.”

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for libraries at Dudley Council, said: “I want to extend my personal thanks to the library staff involved in delivering these essential prescriptions, and all those in the community who are playing their part in keeping people safe at home, saving lives and protecting our NHS.

“I would encourage anyone who is concerned for themselves, a friend or family member to get in touch through the dedicated phone lines, which we have set up to provide support where it’s needed most. People can also access help and support through Dudley Council for Voluntary Services at 01384 573381.”

Although library buildings across the borough remain closed, library members can access free E-books, audio-books and E-magazines online using their library number and PIN.

Better, the charitable social enterprise that runs libraries on behalf of Dudley Council, are also hosting book reviews and craft classes on the Dudley Libraries Facebook and Twitter.