If you can't come to the library, the library will come to you
On the 15th March 2021, in
the same year that Tauranga Libraries celebrates a 150 year
milestone, our mobile library service entered a new phase, when a
bigger, better and brighter new library bus took to the road.
The new bus has room for a whole classroom of school children, and is resplendent in colourful graphics and photos of Tauranga. It has been designed to be highly user friendly and can carry up to 3500 books.
The major improvements over its 20-year-old predecessor are:-
- A front entrance with lower, broader steps to make it easier to get aboard.
- Inside there is a sloping flat floor with no steps, making the back of the library more accessible.
- There is a comfortable seat to sit on, and a new magazines display.
- It even has an air conditioning unit.
The service will be provided by the same friendly drivers who mobile library users are used to seeing and relying on for help.
The mobile library visits 42 locations on a fortnightly roster, which includes schools, rest homes, retirement villages and shopping centres. The selection of books changes regularly, with new books bought and items returned from other libraries added to the Mobile Library's collection.
It is more than just a library, the bus is something of a community centre in itself.
Tauranga City Libraries
Friends of Baycourt Tauranga
Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery
Tauranga Archives Online
Friends of the Tauranga City Libraries is an organisation for ALL people interested in books, libraries, life and literacy.
We hold monthly meetings at 3 of the 4 libraries:-
Book Groups at Mt. Maunganui, Papamoa and Greerton
A General Meeting at Greerton with a speaker
We began as a lobby group within local body politics, campaigning for improved library services.
A strong aspect of our work is advocating on behalf of the community with both the Library and the Tauranga City Council. We lobbied vigorously for a new library in Papamoa and more recently a new library in Greerton.
Money raised through our regular activities goes back into our libraries.
Our organisation supports the Children’s Summer Reading Programmes, which run through the Christmas holidays, by securing grant money and by helping with the programmes.