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CROATIAN MOBILE LIBRARIES. by Spomenka Petrović. ZAGREB CITY LIBRARIES. Republic of Croatia. Population of 4 800 000. Area of 56 542 km 2. Coast long 5835 km. 21 districts. Hundreds islands. Historical review. Karlovac 1911. the Education committee organized

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croatian mobile libraries

CROATIAN MOBILE LIBRARIES

by Spomenka Petrović

ZAGREB CITY LIBRARIES

republic of croatia
Republic of Croatia
  • Population of 4 800 000
  • Area of 56 542 km2
  • Coast long 5835 km
  • 21 districts
  • Hundreds islands
historical review
Historical review

Karlovac 1911

  • the Education committee organized
  • mobile service by coach

Rijeka 1935

  • the books were delivered in the
  • villages and teachers borrowed them
  • to users
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Karlovac 1955

  • the books were delivered
  • in wooden boxes
  • in 1964 the van was bought
  • Rijeka 1969
  • a bus was adapted for book
  • transport
  • 2 employees
  • 53 towns and villages
  • 4000 books

Bjelovar 1972

Split 1974

Šibenik 1975

  • vans for transport of the books
founding a modern mobile library service
Founding a modern mobile library service

Zagreb

  • At the end of 1976 the first bookmobile started in Zagreb
  • In 1978 the second shift was organized
  • This vihacle became a prototype for all Croatian bookmobiles
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1980 another bookmobile was bought

  • 1981 the second shift started
  • 1982 Zagreb has:
  • 74 stops
  • 10 853 members
  • 176 000 loans
1977 1980
1977 - 1980

15 bookmobiles were made for Croatia (in Maribor, Slovenia)

On bus chasses

3 types of vehicles

A 11 m long, 5000 books

B 8 m long, 3000 books

C 5 m long, 2000 books

Financed by The Ministary of culture and local government

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In 1979 - bookmobiles started in Čakovec, Đakovo, Koprivnica,

Samobor, Slavonski Brod and in Delnice a van

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In 1980 - Bjelovar, Duga Resa, Glina, Knin, Rijeka as change for the

adapted bus from 1969, in Split and second bokmobile in Zagreb

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1986

  • 15 mobile libraries
  • 504 stops
  • 30 000 members
  • 300 000 loans of books
  • 125 000 issues of books
  • staff of 41
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1990

10 year old bookmobile in Rijeka and 14 year old bookmobile in Zagreb were replaced with new ones

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1994

  • war operations and devastations
  • finances
  • administrative reorganization

Only 6 mobile libraries with 7 bookmobiles were remained (Bjelovar, Čakovec, Karlovac, Koprivnica, Rijeka, Zagreb)

1995 zagreb new bookmobile
1995 Zagreb – new bookmobile
  • made in Zagreb
  • on Volvo’s
  • chasses
  • 13 m long
  • financed by
  • municipal
  • government
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The interior of new bookmobile

  • 110 m

book-shelves

  • 6000 books
  • air-condition for

the first time

1996 section for public libraries
1996 - Section for public libraries
  • Situation after the war:
  • 4 of 7 bookmobiles are about 18 years old
  • many libraries are distroyed

Conclusions:

  • bookmobiles would be good substitution for destroyed libraries
  • it is urgent to change these 4 old bookmobiles
round tables about mobile libraries
Round tables about mobile libraries
  • 1999 Koprivnica: Bookmobiles now and tomorrow
  • 2000 Karlovac: Who needs mobile library?
  • 2001 Čakovec: Mobile library: yes or no?
  • 2001 Working group for mobile libraries was

founded

it is time for new bookmobiles
It is time for new bookmobiles
  • 2002 Bookmobiles are 24 years old
  • 2002 The Ministry of culture and district

governments finance 4 new buses

  • 2003-2004 New bookmobiles, made in Zagreb, started to work
new bookmobiles modern tehnology
New bookmobiles - modern tehnology
  • Computers
  • CD & DVD players
  • CDs & DVDs
  • On-line catalogue
  • Internet access
working practice
Working practice
  • 3-6 stops per day
  • 1-5 hours per stop
  • 2 weeks interval
  • 2-3 workers in bookmobile
  • Zagreb: 2 shifts; other: 1 shift
statistic for 2004
Statistic for 2004
  • 7 mobile libraries – 8 bookmobiles
  • 225 bookmobile stops
  • 11 904 members
  • 108 364 visits
  • 215 224 loans of books
  • 150 000 books
  • 25 employees
future and visions
Future and visions
  • Vinkovci – new bookmobile till the end of 2005
  • Zagreb – new bookmobile insted of 15 years old one
  • Osijek – second bokmobile for The District of Baranja
  • Second shift for all bookmobiles
  • New mobile library services in districts without a good library network
  • Book-boats for islands
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Thank you for your attention

Spomenka Petrović

Head of Zagreb Mobile Library

March, 2005