The city council's flash new mobile library service will not fill the gap left by the closure of the Bishopdale Library and Community Centre say residents.
The old mobile bus service is being retired and will be replaced with two mobile library vans called "Library to Go". The vans will have books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and free internet access.
City council staff say the vans will help fill the gap left by the closure of the earthquake damaged Bishopdale Library. The library is amongst the Top 30 Facilities Rebuild plan which are being prioritised for rebuild or repair.
But Bishopdale Association spokesman Russell Wilson said he did not see how the new vans would fill the gap left by the Bishopdale Library and Community Centre.
"We already have a mobile library service which comes out once a week, I don't see how increasing that to twice a week will help," he said.
He said Bishopdale residents were hurting not only from the closure of their library but more importantly their community centre where groups regularly met. The Bishopdale Mall businesses in the southern end were also suffering from a severe drop in trade due to the loss of foot traffic going to the library and community centre.
In spite of Mayor Bob Parker saying the vans would reduce "social isolation", Mr Wilson said he didn't see how.
"I can't see that at all - putting a fancy bus isn't going to help out.
"And I do consider it to be a stop gap measure which the city council is doing so they can be seen to be doing something.
Our prime concern is that we are desperately trying to get the community centre and library opened so people have somewhere to meet," he said.
City councillor Jamie Gough said although he understood that Bishopdale residents wanted back their community centre he thought a mobile library service was a good start.
"I'm happy enough with that, but I do want people to tell me if they think it needs the frequency increased," he said.
"We do need to cut the cloth for necessities - a library is not a must have and I do understand that it is so much more than just renting books but unfortunately we [the city council] do not have infinite resources," he said.
"Everyone is hurting and it is human nature that the problem right in front of us is the most important one - but we need to look at things holistically, as a city," he said.
Mr Parker said having the new library vans would decrease the social isolation within some communities.
"Libraries frequently take on a role as the heart of the community, and to have even one closed is a tangible loss. Library to Go will work as a band-aid of sorts, increasing participation and delivering a world of knowledge."
But Mr Wilson said what had really impacted was the loss of the community centre.