FROM February next year, Wellington Shire Council’s Mobile Library will be replaced with an outreach library service.
Council will work with local neighbourhood houses and schools to provide the service to Gormandale, Cowwarr, Briagolong, Golden Beach and Loch Sport.
Council sought alternatives to the Mobile Library as it was unwilling to pay $500,000 to replace the ageing vehicle.
Wellington Shire mayor Darren McCubbin said the former Mobile Library officer would be available to support community members in selecting their resources using computers and reading guides during operating hours.
“We’ll also still be providing personalised support for online education, recreational reading and information resources,” he said.
Requested books, DVDs, CDs and magazines will continue to be delivered weekly.
Patrons can still browse materials at branch libraries and can return resources via returns boxes located in each town.
“The outreach library service allows access to collect reservations and make returns outside the normal weekly visits when the neighbourhood houses or after hours school library are open,” Cr McCubbin said.
“By using these spaces, it also means that we have fantastic internet connectivity which will improve the reliability of computer services we provide.
“The new service will be much easier for people with mobility challenges to use, as all of the new chosen spaces are accessible for all abilities.”
At this time, there is no community facility available to house the service in Seaspray.
“We are really hoping that in the very near future a community space will become available so Seaspray residents can also use the new service,” Cr McCubbin said.
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