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A new mo­bile li­brary bus has just ar­rived in West Cork, re­plac­ing a 14-yearold ve­hi­cle op­er­ated by Cork County Council.

A new mo­bile li­brary bus has just ar­rived in West Cork, re­plac­ing a 14-year-old ve­hi­cle op­er­ated by Cork County Council which last year also is­sued nearly 37,000 books to a mem­ber­ship of 1,746.

The new bus was launched by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr De­clan Hur­ley, when it ar­rived at his home in Dun­man­way and it will ser­vice a to­tal of 75 stops over a two-week sched­ule.

The sched­ule varies from time to time as stops are re­viewed. The council in­sisted that groups that are, and will con­tinue to be de­pen­dent on the mo­bile li­brary ser­vice, in­clud­ing those who are ge­o­graph­i­cally iso­lated, chil­dren in ru­ral schools, older mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, the house­bound and nurs­ing home res­i­dents.

Its route spans from the Beara penin­sula in the west to the iconic Gal­ley Head in the east of the re­gion.

“The West Cork Mo­bile Li­brary en­sures ev­ery­body, ir­re­spec­tive of lo­ca­tion or per­sonal cir­cum­stances, has ac­cess to our li­brary ser­vices.

“This is a vi­tal com­mu­nity ser­vice and plays a key role in the early de­vel­op­ment of lit­er­acy skills while con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide ac­cess to literature and in­for­ma­tion into adult­hood, all the while con­nect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties through read­er­ship,” Cllr Hur­ley said.

The new ve­hi­cle is in­stantly recog­nis­able as it has “a wrap” show­ing im­ages re­sult­ing from a com­pe­ti­tion that drew al­most 500 en­tries from pri­mary and sec­ondary schools.

The im­pres­sive graphic re­flects the sense of pub­lic own­er­ship of the ser­vice and is a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the core role of the mo­bile li­brary: a com­mu­nity-based ser­vice in­spired by the com­mu­nity it serves.

It is fully au­to­mated us­ing a wire­less broad­band con­nec­tion while read­ers will be able to use their cards to re­quest books not only from Cork County Li­brary’s own col­lec­tions, but also from most other pub­lic li­braries in the coun­try, thanks to the Na­tional Li­brary Man­age­ment Sys­tem.

A mo­bile li­brary card will also give read­ers ac­cess on­line to e-books, e-mag­a­zines, lan­guage learn­ing cour­ses, news­pa­per data­bases and a wide range of fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses. In ad­di­tion, in­ter­net ac­cess will be avail­able on board via a pub­lic use iPad, which staff will hap­pily demon­strate and/or as­sist with.

Full de­tails of the sched­ule and an in­ter­ac­tive route map are ac­ces­si­ble at www.cork­coco.ie/li­brary.

“A mo­bile li­brary card will also give read­ers ac­cess on­line to e-books

Pic­ture: De­nis Mini­hane

Zil­lah O’Don­nell, li­brar­ian, and Seá Crow­ley, driver, with the new Cork County Council mo­bile li­brary for West Cork which was launched at the Park­way Ho­tel, Dun­man­way.

Coun­cil­lor De­clan Hur­ley, Mayor of the County of Cork, and Eileen O’Brien, county li­brar­ian, with chil­dren from var­i­ous schools who at­tended the launch of the new Cork County Council mo­bile li­brary for West Cork.

Pic­ture: De­nis Mini­hane

Kayla McCarthy, Cap­pabue NS, Kealkil, pick­ing out a book to read.

Sam Kingston, Dreeny NS, Bau­rav­illa, near Sk­ib­bereen, re­lax­ing in the new mo­bile li­brary.

Orla Whel­ton, Rath­barry N.S., who has an im­age on the graphic on the new li­brary bus.

Holly Arun­del, Rus­nac­a­hara NS, Dur­rus, who has an im­age of Walt the dog on the mo­bile li­brary.

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