How we deliver our public library services is changing. With new technology constantly emerging, how we access information for personal and professional use, and where we live all influence how we use libraries.
With all of this in mind, the Swan Hill Regional Library Service is reviewing the mobile library service to see how library services to our smaller townships can be improved.
Operating since 1958, the mobile library has adapted many times since then – with different vehicle designs, staffing models and even routes that have changed many times over the years.
The introduction of the Internet allowed residents of remote towns access to information quicker than ever before.
Council is thinking about the future, and the review is intended to consult with residents and library users to develop different options for Council to consider.
Some factors Council will need to consider include:
- Declining usage of the current mobile library service, and the closure of some primary schools.
- Neighbouring councils that purchase library services from Swan Hill are also reviewing their communities’ library services.
- Confirmation of $3.4 million funding from the Victorian State Government for a community library to be developed in Robinvale. This static library will be able to provide a broader range of library services to Robinvale and the surrounding communities.
- The existing mobile library prime mover and trailer are nearing the end of their expected lifespans.
The aim of the review is to ensure communities in the Council area are provided the opportunity to have their say, and to inform Council on the most effective library service into the future.
To have your say, Council has developed an online user survey (link below)
|Wednesday, 16 August 2017||Survey closes.|
Have your say
Please provide your feedback via online survey using the link below.