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New Hi-Tech Mobile Library Coming Soon

July 1, 2002

A new, state-of-the-art mobile library will provide an improved hi-tech service to North Shore City's housebound residents by early next year.

North Shore City Council has set aside $250,000 for the new vehicle, and is now tendering for its design and construction.

The existing mobile library has served the city for more than 20 years and is ready for retirement, says Margaret Miles, chairperson of the council's community services and parks committee.

"The new design will take much better account of the nature of our business and the new technology now available," Councillor Miles says. "It will be more user-friendly and have a lowered floor for easier access."

Mobile library use has dwindled over the years reflecting the changing nature of the city - but it is still an essential social service, she says.

"We're a more urbanised city than we used to be and most people own their own cars, allowing them to visit the nearest library. But for many people in the community, this is still the only access they have to a library," says the resident of rural Paremoremo.

North Shore Libraries plans to change the route of the mobile library and focus more on providing a service to older people, making dedicated trips to retirement and nursing homes, says library services manager, Geoff Chamberlain.

"New technology gives us greater flexibility - enabling us to issue books from a laptop. We're now working smarter and can offer a better and more cost-effective service," says Mr Chamberlain.

The new mobile library is expected to be built in the New Year and be up and running by April.


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