Source: City of Portsmouth
The first of two tuk-tuks has been delivered and is ready to promote library services in Portsmouth.
Residents in the city will be able to have books delivered, as Portsmouth City Council can use the tuk-tuks, which are rickshaws with electric motors, to bring books and other reading materials to areas that don’t have a library. They will also promote archives and other council services.
Funded by Arts Council England as part of the second round of its Libraries Improvement Fund, these eye-catching, all-electric and environmentally friendly vehicles will be appearing around the city soon. Each will have a small collection of books available to browse and borrow.
David Percival, library and archive service manager at the Portsmouth City Council said:
“We are thrilled the first tuk-tuk has arrived in Portsmouth and is ready to use to promote library services in the city. We have waited quite a while for these vehicles to be designed and manufactured as it’s not like going to your local car dealer. They are real labours of love, and the conversions are done by a very small team.”
A total of over £100,000 was awarded to the council from the Libraries Improvement Fund, with the remaining funding due to be spent on installing meeting spaces and office pods at Central and North End Libraries. The fund invited library services across England to apply for money to invest in a range of projects to upgrade buildings and technology.
Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, pictured sitting in the new library tuk-tuk, said:
“I’m pleased to see the first of our library tuk-tuks arrive. This is a really exciting development, as the two vehicles will complement the mobile service, meaning our residents are never too far away from their libraries.”