DORSET'S library service is once again facing the chop as dwindling numbers of residents use it.

Dorset County Council (DCC) is holding a consultation over the mobile library service after a decline of 35 per cent in usage over the last seven years.

It is proposing to cut 75 of the mobile library stops and reduce the number of mobile library vehicles.

Less than four people are using the service in some areas and on average less than 10 items are issued per visit.

One of the vehicles needs replacing- at a cost of £100,000- and the council says it can't afford this.

Cllr Colin Jamieson, Cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “A number of stops have over time become significantly under-used, and the service costs much more per customer compared to our static libraries.

“We want to make sure we continue to provide an effective service to the communities that most need it, but also explore alternative ways of people accessing books that could make the service more financially sustainable for the future.”

The council currently provides a mobile library service to rural and outlying areas of the county, visiting over 250 locations by four mobile libraries.

The service fills a gap left after nine libraries were axed in 2011-some were taken over by community groups-in a bid to save £800,000.

At the time there was widespread anger and protests.

However, DCC says no one who uses the mobile service will be left without 'alternative access' to libraries.

In the consultation document, it states: 'It is important to be clear that anybody who currently uses the mobile library service would not be left without alternative access to the library service.'

The proposals are:

- Withdraw low-use stops

- Provide library services in a different way to people affected

-Reduce number of mobile library vehicles

- Implement changes by April, 2016

To take part in the survey, complete a form which will be available on mobile libraries or at