June 25, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new provincial bookmobile service and outreach service policy were made public today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.
Starting Sept. 14, bookmobile stops will be targeted in rural communities that do not already have ready access to a public library. Bookmobiles will be operating on a four-week schedule, which will be available online on Monday, Aug. 17.
"This new service model will see for the first time bookmobiles serving all five library regions in the province," said Arseneault. "This is an important improvement that will enable more equitable access to bookmobile service for more New Brunswick communities."
Three bookmobiles will be covering the library regions of Albert-Westmorland-Kent, Chaleur, Haut-Saint-Jean, York and Fundy.
The bookmobile service criteria are based on standards such as: minimum distance from existing libraries; safety and accessibility of stops for public and staff; minimum distance between stops; suitable locations for stops; and length of stops.
"In New Brunswick, we are fortunate to have a seamless network for the public to use our public library services and bookmobiles with one provincial library card," Arseneault said. "I encourage New Brunswickers to take advantage of this service and to visit their local library or bookmobile regularly."
New Brunswickers unable to visit a public library or bookmobile stop due to distance or personal circumstances will be offered access to a books-by-mail service.
New Brunswick's public library service provides equitable access to all New Brunswickers - be it through libraries, bookmobiles, books-by-mail, collection deposit, educator, home library or online services.
More information is available at www.gnb.ca/publiclibraries.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.