Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

New provincial bookmobile service, outreach service policy (09/09/10)

NB 1307

Sept. 10, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick's bookmobiles will be operating for the first time in all five library regions, serving more than 130 communities. The improved service - targeted at rural communities that do not already have easy access to a public library - will begin Monday, Sept. 14.

"For the first time, our three bookmobiles will be serving all five library regions in the province, serving 131 communities, with 41 new stops to their itineraries," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "This is an important service improvement that will enable more equitable access to bookmobile service for more New Brunswick communities."

The bookmobiles will be operating on a four-week schedule, covering New Brunswick's five library regions:

"We are very fortunate in New Brunswick to have a seamless public library network with one provincial library card giving the population access to all library services," 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 geography or personal circumstances will be offered access to a books-by-mail service.

More information about New Brunswick's public libraries and where the bookmobiles will be stopping is online. The new bookmobile schedules are online.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.

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