Not enough Mosgiel
residents are borrowing from the Bookbus, prompting a warning
the mobile library service could be relocated.
Dunedin library services manager Bernie Hawke said the
Bookbus stop at Willow Park had four or five regular
Usage at the other two Mosgiel stops was lower.
The number of books issued at the three stops fell below the
recommended level of one issue per minute - a viability
measure for mobile library stops used in the United States
Despite the distribution in March last year of 850 flyers
promoting the Bookbus service to houses near the stops, the
number of issues at the three stops remained low.
Mr Hawke said the Mosgiel Library had easy access, a large
car park and was near a supermarket and catered to the
Mosgiel community and schools, which curbed the Bookbus
Although there were no plans to make changes to the Bookbus
service in Mosgiel its usage was being monitored, he said.
''The stops could be relocated to a higher priority area.''
An alternative area for the service had not been investigated
and the Mosgiel Taieri Community Board and community would be
consulted before any relocation decision was made, he said.
Board chairman Bill Feather said the possible relocation of
stops away from Mosgiel was understandable.
Mosgiel residents should use the Bookbus or face losing the
service, he said.
''It would be disappointing to lose it.''
Senior library assistant David Kellett, in Mosgiel last week,
said the Bookbus was most popular at Willow Park.
''They love it,'' Mr Kellett said.
''There are a group of regulars at this stop.''
Bookbus Mosgiel stops on Wednesday:
• 11.30am to noon: Willow Park, Cedar Cres.
• 1.15pm to 2pm: Brooklands Village Grounds, Balmoral
• 2.15pm to 2.40pm: Elmgrove School, Argyle St.