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Library On The Go Bookmobile Program

   

     

Pictured clockwise from top left: Library On The Go and Kleberg County Adult LIiteracy Council at CBC-Kingsville Community Fair; Library On The Go at the Kleberg County EGGStravaganza; Students gathered for a group selfie by the Library On The Go at the Ricard PTO Fun Fest; Kenedy County Residents visiting the Library On Go during National Night Out - Sarita.


HISTORY

In 2012, the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library acquired a retired ambulance from the Kingsville Narcotics Task Force to be converted into a bookmobile. With the help of students from the Mechanical & Industiral Enegineering Department at Texas A&M University - Kingsville, the ambulance was gutted and retrofitted with shelves to house library materials and other resources. The ambulance began to take on the look of a bookmobile and in August 2014 after being wrapped with its vehicle graphics made its first official appearance at the 2014 KISD Community Fair. Since that time, the Library On The Go has made numerous appearances at area events and has helped spread the news about library services to hundreds of residents.

 

VEHICLE SETUP

The Library On The Go, which has been in service since late 2014, currently serves as a transporation vehicle for library staff and materials and mobile display for the events that it is called out to participate in. The vehicle is fully equipped with WiFi, which allows staff to access patron accounts remotely and allows visitors to access the Internet for the device. A set of floodlights on the vehicle allows staff to stay setup well into the night and  the emergency marker lights cautions motorists to slow down as the vehicle approaches and crosses railroad crossings or warns visitors at events to stay clear as the vehicle pulls in or backs out of its space.  Plans in the very near future call for the already retrofitted shelving to house a small collection of library materials and allow for the installation of one public access computer.

 

BOOKING THE LIBRARY ON THE GO

The Library On The Go is part of the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library's Outreach Services and is available for both community and school events at no cost. To host the Bookmobile, there are a few requirements that library staff will need to maximize the vechicle's full potential:

  • A 12' wide x 15' deep minimum space (without tent) OR
  • A 22' wide x 15' deep minimum space (with tent)
  • Flat parking surface or flat land with minimal to no mud

For more information, please contact the Outreach Services Coordinator at 361-592-6381.
 

Robert J. Kleberg Public Library

220 North 4th Street
Kingsville, TX 78363-4410
Phone: (361) 592-6381
Fax: (361) 592-7461

Hours

TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SATURDAY: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SUNDAY: Closed
MONDAY: Closed