THE Mobile Library of tomorrow was delivered today with Ipswich City Council rolling out a $600,000 vehicle at The Workshops Rail Museum. The city’s new Mobile Library features radio-frequency identification self-service technology, Wi-Fi connectivity and a Smart TV. An 8m long by 1.2m wide slide-out pod offers increased internal floor space while folding floor technology provides an even surface for group activities. The vehicle itself is a Scania prime mover pulling a 14m long purpose-built library trailer, weighing about 22-tonnes when fully loaded.
Library and Youth and Seniors Committee Chairman Councillor David Pahlke said it would complement the library branches in Ipswich, Redbank and Redbank Plains. “The Ipswich Mobile Library Service is now in its 41st year and while the previous vehicle fulfilled its role the time was right to deliver a more modern version that reflected the needs of a young community and a digital city,” he said. “The library carries thousands of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and CD-ROMS and is expected to attract more than 4,000 borrowers and browsers each and every month. “As part of the launch we have revised opening hours at stops in Grandchester, Walloon and Willowbank and have launched a new trial stop next to the Providence Sales and Community Office at South Ripley. “The Mobile Library will stop at South Ripley from 2pm to 5pm on alternate Wednesdays, supporting one of the biggest growth suburbs in the Ipswich region.”
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasalesaid the Mobile Library was another asset for Queensland’s fastest growing local government area. “This is a significant investment in literacy and technology, but we’re looking beyond the four walls and providing the community with a fun and friendly meeting place,” he said. “In Ipswich our libraries are about more than just books – they’re destinations. “Libraries are places to connect with residents and share stories, they’re places to use the latest technology and they’re places to inspire our younger generations.” For a full schedule of Mobile Library stops visit library.ipswich.qld.gov.au