When will the service change to a new model?
It is likely that the current vehicle will remain in operation until late 2021 and the replacement service will be implemented in a staged approach.
- New Outreach Library Program Launched June 2021
- Installation of new Library Kiosks September/October 2021
- New vehicle launched December 2021
What would the new vehicle be like?
The preferred vehicle would be a custom ‘light-rigid’ vehicle big enough to walk inside and browse the collection. It would be equipped with renewable energy powered options (ie solar panels), air conditioning and Wi-Fi and would hold over 2500 library items. There would be a covered alfresco area which will provide a welcoming outdoor area – see the details above. The exact type of vehicle and specifications will be confirmed in the procurement process.
Would the new vehicle continue to come to my Mobile Library stop?
Yes, the service would still visit Boreen Point, Cooran, Kin Kin, Noosa Junction, Peregian Beach, Pomona and Sunrise Beach. As the community needs have changed at Federal there will be an alternate plan for that location to better suits its needs.
Would I still be able to browse items and pick up reservations from the proposed vehicle?
Yes, the proposed vehicle would carry library items to browse and borrow, and reservations that are ready to collect. Staff will be available to help with your selection, and reserve items you may want.
Could I still access free WiFi and use a computer on board?
Yes, WiFi will still be available and a tablet to access the internet and library catalogue will be available for public use. The new service would also allow staff to provide tech help and workshops at scheduled times to help those in need.
Would I still see the Mobile Library Staff in the new service?
Yes the staff are looking forward to being part of the new service, and the new model would allow other staff to deliver workshops and programs as well.
Can I still meet with friends as part of the new service?
Yes, you are welcome and encouraged to meet friends as part of your visit to the outreach library service. The vehicle would be air-conditioned, and the new alfresco area has been added to provide additional room to meet and gather with friends.
What kind of programs could be delivered?
We envisage delivering popular library programs outside of library branches, such as Tech Help and Storytimes. The service would also be available to visit community organisations, clubs, schools and events.
How would the book kiosks work?
The kiosks, housed in weatherproof outdoor structures, would hold over 300 items that are refreshed regularly. This means you would have access to books any time of the day or night. Using a library card, members could browse the books using a touchscreen and display carousel and then borrow them. Customers could also return library items when visiting the kiosks.
What would be available in the kiosks?
It is still to be determined whether there will be items other than books available through the kiosks. This depends on the final type of kiosk selected and the needs of our library customers.
Where would the kiosks be located?
The kiosks would be located at the two busiest outreach stops – Pomona and Peregian Beach. The exact locations are still to be confirmed but the sites will need to have adequate access, access to power and data, be highly visible and be suitable for security needs.