The Flinders Mobile Library
The Flinders Mobile Library began as a demonstration project in 1982 from a proposal by the Libraries Board of South Australia made in early 1981. The Library was originally run from the Port Pirie Public Library using stock from the Library Board’s collection. The service was to originally cover the Council Areas of Laura, Gladstone, Crystal Brook, Mount Remarkable and Redhill.
By the early 2000’s the library was offering services to towns within the Council Districts of Mount Remarkable, Northern Areas and Port Pirie. The towns covered were; Gladstone, Laura, Appila, Wirrabara, Stone Hut, Redhill, Koolunga, Yacka, Port Germein, Georgetown, Melrose, Wilmington, Gulnare, Spalding, Booleroo Centre, and Murray Town.
The service now also included visits to the Primary Schools in Gladstone, Laura, Wirrabara, Koolunga, Port Germein, Georgetown, Melrose, Wilmington, Spalding and the Booleroo District School. Each of these towns and schools were visited fortnightly throughout the year.
The Flinders Mobile Library Board, in consultation with the constituent Councils approved the purchase of a new library vehicle. This process took most of 2003 and resulted in the new library truck coming into service in July 2004.
The new library truck provided a safer and more comfortable environment for patrons and staff. An important new feature was the inclusion of a wheelchair lifter to provide access to all of our community members. The new service also provided internet access to patrons for the first time.