When Sheffield’s thirst for literature meant a pub stop for its mobile library service

Mobile library outside the Rising Sun in Nether Green

Mobile library outside the Rising Sun in Nether Green

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The pub is instantly recognisable as the Rising Sun in Nether Green, but the mobile library parked in front is very much a reminder of the past.

No more mobile libraries will be travelling along Fulwood Road, or along any other road in Sheffield, for that matter. The council is withdrawing the service from today (Thursday) after 52 years as part of its radical shake-up of library services across the city.

There has been a 52% drop in the number of customers using the library vans over the past two years. The Rising Sun, meanwhile, is now renowned as a real ale pub in the hands of Abbeydale Brewery, and is currently open during a refurbishment.