Mobile Library

Mobile Library

A New Mobile Library is Coming Soon!

Saint Paul Public Library is excited to announce that a new state-of-the-art Mobile Library is coming this spring! Formerly known as the Bookmobile, the new replacement traveling library will offer an expanded and enhanced set of library services to neighborhoods across Saint Paul.   

Services will pause March 31 while library staff transition from one vehicle to the next. During the pause in service, residents are encouraged to continue accessing library services through their nearest brick and mortar SPPL neighborhood library. The new Mobile Library is expected to hit the streets in early May 2024.  

A community celebration and ribbon-cutting for the new Mobile Library is being planned for late spring. Stay tuned for celebration updates by subscribing to the library’s regular email newsletters here.

About the New Mobile Library

After more than 19 years traversing all corners of the city, the current vehicle has reached the end of its useful library life. The Library is replacing the current vehicle with a state-of-the-art vehicle—the Mobile Library—that will provide new and expanded services based on community feedback. 

The Mobile Library will be more accessible, efficient, and will better reflect Saint Paul’s rich diversity by offering books in multiple languages and displaying vibrant art. In addition to a revolving collection of books for borrowing, residents will also be able to participate in ever-changing programming for all ages and connect with a digital navigator to answer technology-related questions and get access to broadband internet. The vehicle will also be wrapped with original artwork created by local community artist Emma Eubanks. 

Updates to Schedule & Interim Services

Beginning March 31 and while transitioning to a new vehicle, the Library will use a city car to offer limited, interim services to existing stops every week for 15 minutes to: 

  • Bring requested books and DVDs to current Mobile Library users  
  • Take requests  
  • Take back items to be returned  
  • Provide updates on the new vehicle 
Interim Services Schedule:

For full Library services, residents are encouraged to continue visiting their nearest brick and mortar SPPL neighborhood library.

Frequently Asked Questions

Support for the Mobile Library is provided by the City of Saint Paul’s general fund, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Comcast, and HealthPartners.

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