Welshpool farewelled the West Gippsland Libraries’ South Coast Mobile Library for the last time in the town on Monday morning May 13, 2019.
Parked in its usual parking place beside the date palms in the reserve on the corner of Main Street and Port Welshpool Road, the library truck was open for business from 9.15 am to 10.30 am.
Welshpool mobile library user Mike Phelan visited the truck on Friday, borrowing a couple of DVDs as usual from librarian-on-duty, Lisa Lemchens.
“It’s sad that the truck won’t be coming anymore, but it’s obviously necessary,” he said.
“Looking at the age and number of my fellow borrowers and making allowances for the age of the truck, I can see why.”
Mr Phelan said he had joined the computer age and was happy to use the WGL’s online services, including access to catalogues and reserving items.
“I’m halfway between Foster and Yarram and I use the libraries in both places when I go shopping,” he said.
“The new extended opening hours at Foster will be good.”
While final arrangements are still to be set, a small but representative collection of WGL books and other library materials is expected to be housed in the Welshpool Rural Transaction Centre, which is open from 11 am to 3 pm on weekdays.
A WGL librarian is also expected to be available at the RTC for an hour or so once a week, bringing on-hold materials and being ready to help library users in person.
Then the library truck was on its way to two more of its valedictory stops on Monday afternoon; to Beach Parade in Sandy Point, and then beside the Tarwin River at Tarwin Lower.
The mobile library will also be making its final stop in Lewis Street at Port Welshpool on Monday May 20, 2019 between 9.15 am to and 10.30 am.
Then on its last day ever on Friday May 24, 2019, the truck will arrive in Fish Creek from 9.30 am to 11am, before arriving in Toora at 12.45 pm and departing at 2.45 pm, en route to the depot and the end of a wonderful community service.