A NEW 'Connect & Collect' library scheme has been launched in the region.

Set up by Live Borders, the service will allow members to order books online or over the phone.

And they will then be able to pick them up when the mobile library visits their community.

Christine Johnston, from Live Borders, said: “Our library staff love books and have an in depth and comprehensive knowledge of our catalogue, so they are well placed to find the right books and make recommendations based on what people enjoy reading.

“We also know that many of our library members enjoy chatting with our librarians about the books they are borrowing, this way we can still make that connection. It is vital for us that our customers can connect with us by telephone as well as online.

“We appreciate how much people have missed having a book in their hands, and of course, we acknowledge that people will have some books to return to us.”

Initially the service will be limited to customers picking up pre-ordered books.

To browse the catalogue and order a book, visit www.liveborders.org.uk, or call 01750 726400 between 11am and 3pm, Monday-Friday.