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Library vans a happy ending for booklovers

Last updated 05:00 03/12/2012

DEAN KOZANIC/Fairfax NZ

LIBRARY TO GO: New Brighton residents admire one of the Christchurch City Council’s two new mobile library vans, which start service this week.

DEAN KOZANIC/Fairfax NZ

More Christchurch books are going mobile this week to help fill the gap left by the city's earthquake-hit libraries.

The Christchurch City Council unveiled two new library vans on Saturday as part of its Library to Go programme.

The vans will operate on a weekly schedule throughout the city, providing residents with access to books and other library services.

Rotary New Zealand secured funding for the project, with the vans paid for by Rotary International and the Cotton On Foundation.

Council libraries and information manager Carolyn Robertson said the vans would help fill the gap left by the closure of several libraries in the city. The vans were more than a "stopgap measure", and would be used for quite some time.

Mayor Bob Parker said the service would be "a Band-Aid of sorts" while the council planned repairs for the damaged libraries.

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