Commuters who love to read on the train, have been delighted to find their much-loved Library Express Service is continuing to operate during the construction blitz to build a new railway station at Frankston and remove the level crossing at Skye/Overton Road.
The Frankston Library Express, Victoria’s first rail-side book lending service was launched in 2004. Today it enables commuters at Frankston Station to borrow from a large selection of popular titles between 6.30am and 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The library is temporarily operating adjacent to the customer service centre during the construction blitz while buses are replacing trains thanks to the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA).
The LXRA assisted by creating the mobile library, transporting it from Frankston Council’s depot and installing shelving which now holds about four hundred titles.
Frankston City’s Inter Library Loans Officer Anne Anderson has been the face of the service since it started in 2004.
“I have been doing this for nearly 14 years now and I have developed a great rapport with both the very friendly staff at the train station and the many customers who frequent the service,” said Anne.
“I know most of my customers by a first name basis and they really appreciate Frankston City Council for providing this innovative service to the community. I get a lot of comments from the public about what a fantastic idea it is.
“Metro and Frankston Station staff have supported the Library Express since the very beginning, in fact quite a few are regular customers,” she said.
The Library Express service has more than 4,100 visits, 2,830 loans and 3,000 returns ever year. Members can borrow and return books, DVD’s and CD’s and collect items they have reserved online.
Readers are most likely to borrow suspense, romance and science fiction genres. The most popular titles recently are:
For the latest information about detours and the bus replacement service visit: www. levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/skye-overton-road.