THE West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation (WGRLC) is pushing ahead with changes to the delivery of library services in South Gippsland and Bass Coast, saying its proposals, including that the mobile library truck be retired by mid next year are “overwhelmingly” supported by the community, despite criticisms from a vocal group of activists that includes a former Bass Coast Shire mayor.
Mobile library services in 10 towns across South Gippsland and Bass Coast are due to be replaced with alternatives including library agencies, click and collect services and an Australian first 24-hour open access site when the South Coast Mobile library truck is retired in June 2019.
WGRLC CEO Leanne Williams gave an overview of proposed replacement services at the corporation’s December board meeting in Korumburra last Friday, following a survey of 519 “active library users” conducted throughout October and November to determine how those users would like to receive their service moving forward.
In line with the 158 survey respondents’ preferences, board members endorsed proposals to create new micro (agency) libraries in the Bass Coast towns of Corinella, San Remo and Grantville, as well as book drop off/collection points in smaller towns including Welshpool, and to extend opening hours and introduce a 24-hour open access service model at Foster library.
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