The New Era for the Bookmobile
After 29 years, Lethbridge Public Library is getting a new Bookmobile. The construction is underway at Intercontinental Truck Body (ITB) in Coaldale.
Thank you to our Donors
"We could not have accomplished building a new Bookmobile without the generous support of Board funding, a CFEP grant, a City of Lethbridge Community Capital Project Grant, and the generous support of TELUS together with individual donors such as Jennifer Mather, who is supporting the wheelchair accessibility feature in memory of her late husband Lynn. The contribution from Fleetwood Bawden School and the individual student donation from St. Paul's School were especially touching."
- Tony Vanden Heuvel, CEO Lethbridge Public Library
- City of Lethbridge Community Capital Project Grant
- Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP)
- Lethbridge Public Library Board
- Community Spirit Grant
- Jay Bortnik
- Miss Sophia Capriles
- Issac and Mateo Alavardo
- Jennifer Mather in memory of Lynn Mather
- Fleetwood Bawden School
What is the Bookmobile?
The Bookmobile is Lethbridge Public Library's mobile branch. The Bookmobile has magazines, adult fiction, adult non-fiction, large print materials, adult DVD's, juvenille DVD's young adult fiction, juvenille non-fiction, juvenille fiction, picture books, board books and easy readers.
Who does the Bookmobile serve?
The Bookmobile's purpose is to bring library services to those who do not live within a convenient traveling distance, those with mobility issues, and those who attend a school, community center, seniors residence near a Bookmobile stop.
Where does the Bookmobile go?
The Bookmobile currently visits schools during the afternoon and communities during the evenings.
A careful selection process is used to determine the Bookmobile stops to meet the needs of the Lethbridge community.
Check here to find the location most convenient for you.
What will the new Bookmobile look like?
The new Bookmobile will be comparable in size to the current Bookmobile and will carry the same great material.
Here are some of the new features added to the Bookmobile that you can expect to see:
- The new Bookmobile will be low-floored and have a wheel char ramp, making it 100% accessible.
- Climate controlled entrances and exits will help keep the Bookmobile warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- The new Bookmobile has the ability to self-level itself once parked. No more slanted floors!
- The two pop outs, one at the side and one at the back will increase floor space.
- Tablets will be accessible for patrons to use while on the Bookmobile.
- Two TVs will display entertainment and provide information for upcoming Lethbridge Public events.
- An exterior book drop will allow patrons to drop off materials when the bookmobille is open and closed.
Where will the new Bookmobile live at the Library?
We are planning to create a Bookmobile depot attached to The Crossings Branch that will provide indoor parking for the new Bookmobile, a better work space for the Bookmobile staff when they’re not on the road and storage and better workflows for Bookmobile library collections as they rotate on and off the Bookmobile. There were several important factors involved in the decision:
- Safety for staff and library collections: Books and other library materials are transferred between the Bookmobile and other libraries every day. Adding a space to The Crossings Branch will let staff access the Bookmobile from inside the branch, without going out into poor weather or crossing a potentially icy parking lot and make better use of book carts instead of carrying bins. This is safer for both our library materials and our library staff!
- Parking and traffic safety: The Bookmobile’s current parking spot is difficult to back into and requires a library staff member to act as a spotter and causes the Bookmobile to block traffic in and out of the parking lot while parking. The planned depot will be designed to let the Bookmobile pull in one side and out the other and will be safer for the Bookmobile, the staff and traffic in the parking lot.
- Protection for the new Bookmobile: The new Bookmobile will have a diesel engine and will need to be kept warm enough to start in the coldest parts of the winter. An indoor parking spot also has the advantage of keeping the new Bookmobile safe and protected from vandalism and extreme weather conditions.
Initial projections from City of Lethbridge architects estimate that the facility expansion will cost up to $600,000. The Library has already budgeted $400,000 towards the new Bookmobile depot through existing fundraising efforts. The remaining costs up to $200,000 will be covered by City of Lethbridge initiative funding. The projected increase in utilities was included in this initiative and will be added to the operating costs of The Crossings Branch.
Expect to see the new Bookmobile at a location near you winter 2015.