New mobile library boosts digital literacy for Melburnians

Melbourne’s first mobile library, ‘Mel-van’, has hit the road, giving Melburnians even easier access to books and resources, Wi-Fi and digital assistance.

The colorful van will visit those who may have difficulty accessing the six branches of the Council Library, including schoolchildren, the elderly and culturally diverse communities – appearing in neighborhood houses, community centres, parks , festivals and events.

It will be filled with an impressive collection of books, technology, craft supplies and games, handpicked for communities on the go.

The Mel-van has a publicly accessible Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing library staff to connect community members to online resources, including the City of Melbourne Digital Library’s collection .

Staff will also provide digital literacy support to bring more people online and boost community connectivity through email, social media and other online platforms.

The Mel-van is part of the Council’s series of pop-up libraries, joining a food-themed library in the Queen Victoria Market area, a children’s library in Fed Square, the Express Book Bar for workers in the city on Little Collins Street, the Lygon Street Biblioteca for enthusiastic writers, and the Bourke Street Micro-Lab.

The initiative is part of the $200 million City of Melbourne Revitalization Fund – a joint partnership between the City of Melbourne and the Government of Victoria.

The Mel-van will have a permanent home in the city of Melbourne and will continue its mission of empowering Melbourne residents with digital knowledge, knowledge and resources.

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