April 22, 2019

The New York Public Library is bringing you books via bookmobile


Libraries continue to be the best: The New York Public Library is bringing back bookmobiles. While the NYPL has employed bookmobiles for over 100 years, this is the first time they’ll be back on the road since the 1980s, according to an article from Paula Mejía at Gothamist.  

The bookmobiles will serve communities in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, particularly in areas where access to libraries may not be readily available due to construction and renovations. A press release from the NYPL references the area near Bronx’s Grand Central library as an example, which has closed for one year in order to restore and repair. Also benefiting from bookmobiles visits will be schools, senior centers, and other community centers.

The three bookmobiles that make up the NYPL fleet are bright red 20-foot vans, decked out in the famous NYPL lion logo. Each van can hold up to an impressive 1000 books, which will include a selection for a variety of ages. Patrons will be able to check out and return books right on the street. Forget food trucks—this is the street service we’ve been waiting for.
The first bookmobile will hit the streets of the Bronx in June, with the others to follow later this year. Follow the NYPL Twitter feed or check out their website to find out where the bookmobiles will be parked—they’ll announce the schedule this summer.   

Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.