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Media Release

For immediate release May 9, 2011

Mobile Library Service Extended to March 31, 2012

Halifax, NS – Halifax Regional Library Board decided today to extend the mobile library service until March 31, 2012, the end of this fiscal year.

The service was originally slated to end September 3, 2011.

HRM has provided a one-time funding commitment which will cover half of the mobile library’s operating cost for this year. The Library Board has agreed to contribute, for this year only, the other half of the funds.

To cover these costs the library will cut the book buying and public technology budgets.

The library undertook a detailed review of the mobile library service which clearly shows that use has been declining for several years; residents in many areas are already using branches.

“We understand the loss of the mobile service is of concern to some residents. We will do our utmost to provide these residents with alternate options to meet their needs,” said Philip Moscovitch, Chair of the Halifax Regional Library Board.

“This one-time funding from HRM Council will allow us a longer transition period to ensure community members understand the full range of options available to them.”

Over the course of the year, Halifax Public Libraries will update its Master Facilities Plan to develop recommendations for new and expanded branches.

Alternative services available to communities serviced by the mobile library include:

  • Nearby full-service branches.
  • Books by Mail, which allows patrons to request specific items and have them mailed directly to their home free of charge.
  • Digital downloads including eBooks, audio books and videos.
  • Online information including live chat, homework help, ask-a-librarian, recommended reads and more.

More information on these services is available at halifaxpubliclibraries.ca

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CONTACT:

Jen Thompson
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
490-5852/476-8605