June 10, 2021
Adding a bookmobile to your library district is an excellent way to reach more patrons and expand your community outreach efforts. Bookmobiles can be custom built to meet almost any need. From small trucks designed to reach remote patrons on rough roads to full bus builds equipped with computer labs and conference rooms for urban settings, bookmobiles offer a world of opportunity.
When customizing a bookmobile, you will need to determine the right size and style for your library’s needs. The following guide will help walk you through the factors that will play a role in what type of bookmobile your district has custom built.
The first place to begin when determining the size and style of your bookmobile is with the purpose of the build.
Bookmobiles can be used for a variety of outreach purposes. Consider all of the following bookmobile options when determining the size of your build:
Before you decide on the exact size and style of your bookmobile, take some time to think through the layout of the vehicle.
Customizing your layout in advance will help ensure that the size vehicle you choose will allow for everything you want to be included. As you design the layout, think through all of the following customizations:
When creating your bookmobile’s layout, be sure to consult with everyone who will be involved in the vehicle’s use. This can help to ensure that an efficient workflow is created, allowing everyone to do their work effectively.
It’s also important to consider where you’ll store your bookmobile. If you have a garage where you’ll keep your new bookmobile, make sure the entire vehicle will fit comfortably. You don’t want to have to worry about any scratches just from putting the bookmobile away!
When people hear the term bookmobile, what comes to mind is a simple van or truck equipped with shelving to hold books and materials.
Today, bookmobiles are being customized to offer far more than just shelving space for library materials.
Instead, bookmobiles are becoming true community outreach vehicles, allowing library districts to reach their patrons with all new services and events.
When determining the size and style of your district’s bookmobile, take time to think outside the box. Don’t limit yourself to the traditional use of a bookmobile, but rather, think about how you could effectively leverage your investment to best serve everyone in your community.
At Summit Bodyworks, we are passionate about helping library districts design the perfect bookmobile for their community. If you are thinking about adding a new bookmobile to your library’s fleet, talk to us about our customization options.
For example, take a look at a recent build we created for the Keller Independent School District. This bookmobile was designed on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis and features onboard WiFi, bus doors, and a workstation.
No matter how you plan to use your bookmobile, we are here to help. Reach out today to schedule a consultation with our design team and find the ideal bookmobile layout for your needs.
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