MOST of Kirklees' mobile library service has been forced off the road.
Vandals have attacked five of the seven-strong fleet and stolen equipment, making them unroadworthy.
Now, council officials are desperately trying to arrange repairs to get all the vehicles back on the road.
And they are stepping up security at their Red Doles complex at Bradley Mills.
The intruders, who twice broke into a vehicle compound, smashed their way into the mobile libraries to steal reversing camera equipment.
Diane Besford, the newly- appointed operations controller, said: "The service is seriously affected.
"We have had to take five vehicles off the roads, meaning people will not be able to get books. The service which delivers books to people's homes is not affected.
"We are making arrangements to get the vehicles repaired, but it could be several days.
"We cannot let the vehicles go out if they are unsafe."
Rob Warburton, the council's assistant head of service, said: "We are asking borrowers to bear with us, as the service will not be running to full capacity.
"We will try our best to minimise the disruption and keep the mobile libraries running as best we can in the circumstances."
Borrowers who would like to find out if their mobile library is affected can phone 01484 226320.
The seven mobile libraries serve all areas of Kirklees. There are 33 routes and 233 halts.
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