Laundry Libraries

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Housing officer’s brilliant books idea was long overdue

Our Laundry Libraries have proved extremely popular with residents since we introduced them in May 2019, and more libraries have since been set up on estates across Plymouth.

The social housing landlord supplies a range of good condition, second-hand books for residents to read in their laundry rooms. They can take a book away with them and, if they have one, leave one for others to enjoy.

Susan Hurst, of West Park, was the first user of the new service. She admitted: “I’m not a big reader but I might start. I’d read true life stories. My husband likes reading but he doesn’t like coming down here when all the women are doing their washing! If there are books here, it might encourage him. You have to wait an hour for your washing so it could give people something to do.”

“My husband likes reading but he doesn’t like coming down here when all the women are doing their washing! If there are books here, it might encourage him…”

Susan Hurst, West Park resident

Housing officers restock the laundries regularly, and its Re-Use Centre is providing the bookcases and chairs. The innovative idea came from housing officer, Nicky Blackwell, who originally heard about it on a podcast.

She explained: “The idea is to try and make these communal laundry spaces more welcoming and community friendly and promote reading. We’re aiming to get a range of different books in the libraries, including books for kids, so there should be something for everyone.”

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