Ku-ring-gai’s Libraribus turns 30 years old

Published on 14 May 2019

Next week this unique outreach service officially celebrates three decades of assisting housebound local residents to borrow library items. 

The Libraribus first took to the road at the end of May 1989 and next week Mayor Jennifer Anderson, staff and patrons will celebrate its 30th birthday at Gordon Library.

It came into being after the Council came up with idea of a mobile service to help elderly, frail and housebound residents continue to borrow library items. 

Ku-ring-gai Council was the first in NSW to set up such a service, with the Libraribus preceded by a public ‘bookmobile’ service which started in 1946 as part of efforts to expand library reach in Ku-ring-gai. The vehicle was an ex-RAAF mobile workshop and initially visited St Ives, North Turramurra, West Pymble and East Roseville. At the end of the bookmobile’s first week in operation 307 children’s books and 74 adult books had been loaned. The service ceased for a time from mid-1954 until late 1957 when it recommenced with a new vehicle and continued until early 1970.

In 1980 Ku-ring-gai’s Home Library service commenced, bringing library services to clients unable to visit the library. In 1989 the Libraribus service began in its current form, offering transport for clients who would otherwise have difficulty getting to and from the library. 

The Libraribus is now a fully customised 9 seater bus with a wheelchair lift and access and operates a door-to-door service three days a week between Mondays and Wednesdays. The Libraribus will pick up residents anywhere in Ku-ring-gai and take them to their nearest library, before returning them home again. The service can be booked by calling the library on 0401 972 461.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the service was a ‘much loved part of our library operations’.

“I’m proud to say that Ku-ring-gai was the first Council to offer such an attentive service to residents and many others have emulated the idea since.”

“The staff who have been involved with the service both past and present have great empathy for their clients.”

Learn more about the Libraribus and the Home Library Service in Ku-ring-gai 



Media enquiries: Sally Williams Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982