De­liv­er­ing more li­brary ser­vices

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

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).

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