Working in partnership with a variety of organizations, the Bookmobile ensures that the resources of the Saint Paul Public Library are accessible to those who face barriers in using the library’s fixed facilities.
The 45-to-50 sites the Bookmobile visits each month include multi-unit housing communities, organizations that promote literacy, and groups working with underserved neighborhoods.
Whenever possible, Bookmobile customers are provided with the same level of service one would find at a fixed library facility.
To be considered for on-going Bookmobile service:
- Sites must have a sizable population of those who face barriers in accessing Saint Paul Public Library fixed facilities.
- Sites must be located in the City of Saint Paul.
- Sites must be willing to provide the Bookmobile with assistance in communicating with their population.
- Sites must be willing to assist in resolving safety issues involving Bookmobile service that may develop at their location.
- Sites should provide Bookmobile staff with access to restrooms and a telephone.
- Sites must have direct in-and-out access for the Bookmobile vehicle.
- A site’s designated parking spot for the Bookmobile should be well-lighted and kept clear of ice and snow in the winter. Bookmobile customers should have safe and unobstructed access to the vehicle.
- For school site partnerships, consideration is given to a school's location, demographics, and its ability to participate in the Library Go program.
Sites seeking on-going Bookmobile service should send a written request to the library.
If the number of customers served at a site is not sufficient over time, a change in service or cessation of service will be considered.
Instead of regular visits from the Bookmobile, sites that have parking or other constraints may elect to receive quarterly a collection of library materials for use by older and/or disabled adults.