The Rochester Public Library Bookmobile strengthens community and enriches the lives of community members who are unable to use the main library due to geographic, transportation, economic or other barriers.
For more information about the bookmobile or to request a bookmobile stop in your neighborhood, please contact the library at 507.328.2302.
About the Bookmobile
In September 2012, the Rochester Public Library debuted its new Bookmobile. The new, larger bookmobile features green technology: a hybrid drive train and generator, solar panels, LED lights and recycled rubber floors.
The Bookmobile regularly carries more than 4,500 items, including adult and children's books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs. It has the highest circulation of any bookmobile in the state of Minnesota; in addition to visiting neighborhoods and schools within the city limits, it also makes weekly stops in Byron, Oronoco and other locations in Olmsted county. The bookmobile is handicapped accessible and has a wheel chair lift.
Currently the Rochester Public Library bookmobile has the highest circulation of any other bookmobile in Minnesota. It visits over 77 different neighborhoods in the City of Rochester and Olmsted County targeting areas in the community where there are geographic, transportation, economic and other barriers to using the main library.
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Criteria for Bookmobile Stop Selection
The bookmobile establishes three (3) schedules throughout the year - Spring, Summer, Fall/Winter. Petitions for the addition of a new bookmobile stop must be received by the following dates in order to be considered for the respective schedule: November 15 - Winter/Spring, April 15 - Summer, July 15 - Fall.
The following criteria are used in evaluating bookmobile stops:
Adding a Stop
- When a new bookmobile stop coordinates with other library goals such as targeting early childhood literacy efforts, outreach to non-traditional users, new immigrant populations, etc.
- When there are new growth in housing and multiple requests for bookmobile services.
- When there is no other bookmobile stop nearby.
- Special emphasis is given to requests in the County and areas remote from the main library.
Dropping a Stop
- Poor circulation and efforts over time have not increased circulation.
- A Bookmobile stop must be dropped in favor of a place where there is a greater need.
- A Bookmobile stop is too close to other stops or the main library and there is no compelling reason why users cannot use those facilities.
The Rochester Public Library Bookmobile is dedicated to providing access to information, literature, and ideas to members of the community who are unable to use the main library due to geographic, transportation, economic or other barriers.
The Rochester Public Library Bookmobile embraces the core values of the Rochester Public library. In addition:
The bookmobile is committed to serving as an effective extension of the Rochester Public Library by providing library materials and timely personal services to communities, neighborhoods and individuals.
The bookmobile is committed to promoting early childhood literacy development by providing services and age appropriate materials to daycare providers and elementary schools. The bookmobile also believes that school media centers are essential for supporting the curriculum needs of a school; the bookmobile will not be used to supplant those efforts. The bookmobile provides complementary services to schools and will target schools in areas where there are economic, geographic, or other barriers to students= access to the main library