Mobile library created on Leyland Daf chassis
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• The London Borough of Camden has introduced a new mobile library with a number of unusual features.
Based on a Leyland Daf FA45-130 chassis with a wheelbase of 4.4m, the vehicle has already won an award for its graphics in this year's design competition sponsored by the Libraries and Arts Division of Herts County Council. The bodywork was designed and built by GC Smith of Loughborough using GRP construction, The vehicle is 6.85m long and has an outrigger, bus-type door amidships. To allow unimpeded access for wheelchair users, the four-step configuration at the entrance is readily convertible to a lift platform with hydraulic operation. This installation was supplied by Ratcliff.
A pull-out awning is provided to give additional shelter to readers waiting outside. The new vehicle has two high-efficiency Webasto heaters as well as a CCTV reversing monitor. Particular attention has been paid to the arrangement of shelving and interior layout as well as optimum natural light ing. Inside headroom is 1.99m.