Riverina Regional Library Launches their Mobile Library Upgrade
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Riverina Regional Library’s brand-new mobile library trailer was launched this month.
An impressive 14.5 meters in length, the upgraded trailer provides more space, and improved flexibility to cater for changes in usage patterns anticipated through the vehicle’s 15-year lifespan.
Riverina’s mobile library forms a critical component of its services, visiting 28 communities on a weekly or
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fortnightly basis. Over 1500 mobile members across the Coolamon, Greater Hume, Lockhart and Wagga Wagga council areas borrowed 27,000 items last year.
For this reason, the project was heavily scrutinised to ensure the best outcome for patrons now and in the future – no matter how library services and usage may change in the future.
“Even though we can’t easily predict what library service provision may look like in 2028, the new mobile library has definitely been designed with the future in mind,” said RRL’s Executive Director, Robert Knight.
The replacement project was funded through grants from the NSW Government’s Library Development Program and the federal government’s Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Accessible Communities grant program.
The new trailer also offers improved disability access, and a flexible interior floor plan with an extendible pod available to maximise floor space, or changes in shelving.
The design of the new mobile library has been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny. The objective was to provide a flexible, dynamic and accessible space that has the capacity to cater for changing usage patterns over its anticipated 15-year lifespan.
“The new mobile library is a critical piece of service infrastructure for the regional library service. It will ensure that borrowers continue to receive the same high quality library services that our static branches provide,” said RRL Chairperson, Councillor Yvonne Braid.
The trailer was celebrated with launches in Wagga Wagga, Walla, Ardlethan, Walla Walla and Lockhart throughout March.
Images: Supplied by RRL.