Delivering more library services
INDIGO Shire Council’s new mobile library has hit the road following its purchase and recent fit-out.
The van will provide pop-up library services at local events and better facilitate library access to residents.
On Monday, Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Norther Victoria) officially launched the service which was supported by the State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund with a grant of $70,000.
The project included the purchase of a new high roof van which allows library staff and patrons to browse the shelving,
An area was also created within the van for new displays, brochure display, council forms and information.
An accessibility lift has also been fitted to the rear of the vehicle, allowing for access for people with limited mobility, as well as a loading ramp for rotating stock.
Indigo Shire mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor said demand for library services had grown since council took over operations from the Upper Murray Regional Library in 2013.
“We knew that reading and accessing books and online reading material was not a disappearing activity,” she said.
“In fact it is more popular than ever as our statistics demonstrate.
“Since we began delivering our own library services our statistics have increased beyond our expectations.
“This van means that we can perform out library outreach in a better way and provide better services.”
Ms O’Connor said the number library visits in the Indigo Shire had risen from 37,829 in 2014/15 to 113,652 in 2017/18, with total loans reaching 108,180 in the past year up from 65,619 in 2014/15.
“Mobile libraries are a fantastic way for the community to gain access to library facilities,” Ms Symes said.
ON THE ROAD: (from left) Indigo Shire’s library services coordinator Cheryl Smith, mobile library driver Rowena Gibbs, mayor Jenny O’Connor and mobile library driver David Edwards with (middle) Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria).