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Electric mobile libraries will enter into traffic in Gothenburg

What is probably some of the world’s first electric mobile libraries will enter into traffic in Gothenburg, Sweden, next summer. Gothenburg City Library invests in modern, sustainable mobile libraries from Volvo.
Image: Volvo Buses

Gothenburg City Library currently has two mobile libraries operating in and around the city, visiting about 70 mobile library stops and 110 preschools. Two new all-electric Volvo buses have now been purchased, scheduled to replace the existing mobile libraries in July 2020.

The new mobile libraries will appeal more clearly to children and families, with the focus on experiencing and reading. This will be clearly seen in the interior furnishings, which apart from bookshelves will accommodate meeting-places for children and adults alike. Finnish company Kiitikori OY has been given the task of furnishing the bus interiors.

“We’re looking forward to once again having mobile libraries in summer 2020, allowing us to visit all children – including those who live or attend preschool in the Gothenburg inner-city green zone.
We chose electric buses to ensure this possibility throughout the vehicles’ lifetime, which is no less than 12 years,”
says Anette Eliasson, sector manager in the Gothenburg Municipality Cultural Department.

Read the press release