The mobile library is also now providing a full seven day a week service and has increased the number of stops to 39, up from 34. A fortieth is soon to be announced.
“Around 40 per cent of our mobile library visits are to areas of high need where lack of transport, household access to the internet and low household income are factors of socio-economic disadvantage,” says Deon Knox – PNCC Community Libraries Team Leader.
“Many of the stops include preschools, schools, rest homes and retirement villages. Children, seniors and other community sectors with mobility issues are a key focus.”
Other stops provide library services to growing areas of the city, including Kelvin Grove and Aokautere in addition to Bunnythorpe and Longburn.
A recent review of the mobile library timetable also took an environmental view. Weekly travel routes have been rationalised to provide the extra stops while only adding 2km to the total distance travelled.
New residential mobile library timetables are available from Friday 13 April. Work is underway to update the timetable and map on the library website.