July 26, 2017

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Bookmobiles and Beyond: new library services on wheels serve newborns through teens

From TechMobiles to early learning hubs, mobile library outreach is on the rise.

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ASU Students Aim To Turn Used Food Trucks Into Mobile School Libraries

Students at Arizona State University (ASU) have proposed a revamp of the traditional bookmobile, one that aims to provide school library services to schools that may not have access to those resources. The program, Bibliotrucka, recycles out-of-commission food trucks into modular moving libraries that can be customized on a day-to-day basis for students of different learning levels and cultural backgrounds.

WA’s Pierce County Library System Bids Farewell to Bookmobiles After 65 Years of Service

After more than 60 years in operation, the Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, WA, is saying good-bye to its three bookmobiles as a result of drastic budget cuts.
The library’s board of trustees agreed to the cuts earlier this month in order to offset an anticipated $2.6 million to $3 million budget shortfall for 2013, which amounts to approximately 10 percent of the library’s $26.8 million 2012 operating budget. Stopping the bookmobiles will save the library $180,000.