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New library link for Coquitlam on the road by next summer

The Coquitlam Public Library (CPL) will soon have a new set of wheels.

The Coquitlam Public Library (CPL) will soon have a new set of wheels.

Last month, City Council awarded $636,000 to purchase a new Library Link, a mobile library service that serves neighborhoods far from the library’s two branches: City Center and Poirier.

CPL Board Chair Natasha Knox thanked the mayor and councilors for the purchase, saying “the service is impactful and valued by the community.”

Funding for the new library link will come from the Coquitlam Land Sale Reserve Investment Fund; the vehicle will be owned and maintained by the municipality and operated by library staff, said Lanny Englund, Coquitlam’s general manager of parks, recreation, culture and facilities.

Englund said the current van is at the end of its life and the new one will be ready by next summer.

It will also include:

  • more collection and storage space
  • better workspaces for staff
  • new technology
  • an upgraded HVAC system and generator
  • a hybrid electric booster

The new link is expected to last 15 years, Englund said, and will cost $55,000 a year to maintain.

Additionally, the sale of the current Link will offset the cost of the new vehicle.

Com. Trish Mandewo said the mobile library is especially convenient for seniors and families.

“It’s a service that brings a lot of smiles to people’s faces,” Mayor Richard Stewart added at the June 20 regular town hall meeting.

Launched in 2009, the CPL Library Link operated six days a week — visiting eight neighborhoods — during the COVID-19 pandemic, library spokeswoman Samantha Wink said in a press release.

“Each year, we hear directly from audiences about the difference these stops make in both their discovery of new material and their sense of community,” she writes.

“The Coquitlam Public Library is grateful to the city for endorsing this important support to our ability to serve the community, especially the city’s fleet staff for their expertise and future vehicle management, which will free up our staff to do what they do best – serve our customers.”

Library Link Summer Hours

Here is the route of the Library Link from July 3 to September 4, 2022:

  • Tuesdays
    • Blue Mountain Park, 975 King Albert Ave. (near Floyd Avenue)

  • Wednesdays
    • Place Maillardville, 1200 BC. cartier
    • Hampton Park, 1760 Paddock Dr.

  • Thursdays
    • Victoria Hall, 3435 Victoria Dr.
    • Downtown Park, 1299 Pinetree Way

  • Fridays
    • Galloway Park, 3404 Galloway Ave.

  • Saturdays
    • Cottonwood Park, 672 Aspen St.

  • Sundays
    • Riley Park, 1320 Riley Street