Richmond Valley Council mayor Ernie Bennett and Kyogle Council mayor Danielle Mulholland with the new mobile library.Photo Contributed
Richmond Valley Council mayor Ernie Bennett and Kyogle Council mayor Danielle Mulholland with the new mobile library.Photo Contributed Contributed

New mobile library on the road

THE Richmond Upper Clarence Library is excited to be launching its new, state-of-the-art Mobile Library van, which has the latest technology for all the community to access.

Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett said the launch of the fully accessible Mobile Library, with its fresh new look, was an enhancement to library services aimed at improving access to information for residents.

Cr Bennett said the new vehicle was designed to suit our region's needs and was built to cope with our rural roads. And, he said, you can't miss it given its vibrant art work.

"Libraries play a big role in the region, bringing people of all walks of life together, as well as reducing isolation by promoting social interaction and inclusion," he said.

 

Richmond Valley Council mayor Ernie Bennett and Kyogle Council mayor Danielle Mulholland are shown around inside the new mobile library.Photo Contributed
Richmond Valley Council mayor Ernie Bennett and Kyogle Council mayor Danielle Mulholland are shown around inside the new mobile library.Photo Contributed Contributed

Mayor Danielle Mulholland said the Mobile Library was proof that partnerships between councils could achieve amazing results.

"The Mobile Library is an incredible resource and I know it will get a lot of use by a lot of people over the coming years," she said.

Total cost of the new van was $479,665, which was jointly funded by a $200,000 NSW Library Development Grant, and the Richmond Valley and Kyogle councils Regional Library Future Asset Replacement Funds.

The Mobile Library travels 750kms a week, or 3100kms every month, covering a total 6640 square kilometres.

There are 19 scheduled stops, visiting six communities across the Richmond Valley and Kyogle local government areas.

There are 1622 registered members evenly spread between the two councils - 759 in the Richmond Valley, 747 in Kyogle, 63 in Lismore and 53 in other council areas.

On board the mobile service you will find two PCs to access the many online resources provided free by being a library member.

It has wheelchair access, and air conditioning. There is even free Wi-Fi.

The Mobile Library is stocked with more than 4000 items and, of course, if it does not have what customers want, any item can be reserved and brought next time the van is at their location.

Cr Bennett said local Casino company Signarama did an amazing job putting the artwork design on the Mobile Library, which gives a great representation of the Richmond Valley and Kyogle council areas.

"The Richmond Valley and Kyogle communities now have a bright new modern Mobile Library on the road, and I hope our residents, particularly those in our small rural communities, take advantage of this terrific service," he said.