ACT Heritage Library Images ACT

backReference #: 002579 Launch of Canberra's new Mobile library

click to see larger image
This image is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the ACT Heritage Library.
Reference Number:002579
Title/Caption: Launch of Canberra's new Mobile library
Photographer :
Date taken:31/10/1984
Location: Canberra
State: ACT
People featured: Barron, David
Uren, Tom, 1921-
Else-Mitchell, R (Rae), 1914-2006
Relation: Is part of the Canberra Times Collection
Keywords: librarians, libraries, ministers (government), motor vehicles, politicians
Comments:Canberra's first Mobile Library service began in 1959. Scheduled stops included many inner suburbs as well as outlying settlements such as Mt Stromlo and Cotter Pumping station. In 1959 service points for children were operating at Yarralumla and Turner. The first van was replaced in 1967 with one pulled by a prime mover. This was replaced in 1984 with a Mercedes Benz which also began visiting nursing homes and retirement villages. In 2004 and 2005, two new mobile library vans were launched, expanding services to Lanyon Shopping Centre and Weston Creek.