Purchase of replacement mobile library vehicle progressing

Rotorua Lakes Council’s mobile library users will receive a more personalised service in future.

The bus which was previously used has had to be decommissioned due to ongoing mechanical issues and the district has been without the service for several months while a replacement vehicle is found.


The bus will be replaced with a van which will enable the service to reach more communities and can be used in tandem with the new Mobile Learning Centre Te Waka Pounamu that is already proving popular with young and old.

Purchase of a replacement mobile library vehicle is being finalised, says Council’s Arts and Culture Director Stewart Brown.

“Once we have a vehicle we will be able to reinstate the service pretty quickly as the fit-out, which is already being planned, isn’t expected to take too long.

“A feature of the fit-out will be removable shelving.  This will provide the option of being able to take collections into schools, rest homes and community centres, making the service more accessible and allowing for the stock to be selected daily and personalised, based on where it’s going on any given day,” Mr Brown says. 

“We’ll be able to provide a more flexible service which will complement our other outreach library services like the service for people who are house-bound.”

The library bus had been due for replacement for some time and the purchase of a replacement vehicle, a van, was brought forward due to the bus needing to be decommissioned earlier than expected.

Library staff have been reviewing library outreach services, including the mobile library service and working on a new service model.  The new van will be able to be used alongside Te Waka Pounamu to access communities the bus wasn’t able to get to, such as Tarawera. 

“The smaller vehicle means all staff will be able to drive it as they won’t require a heavy vehicle licence and it will be fitted with a mobility hoist,” Mr Brown says.

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