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Bookmobiles are back at the New York Public Library

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/10/2019 Joe Erwin
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They’re big, they’re bright and they’re brimming with books — and they’re coming your way.

The New York Public Library announced Wednesday that it will soon have three new bookmobiles available to serve communities in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. The first one will be tested this month, and is expected to begin service in the Bronx by June. The other two bookmobiles will hit the streets by the fall.

These roving repositories are the wheel deal: nearly 20-foot-long Sprinter vans wrapped in bright red and sporting the iconic New York Public Library lion logo. Each one will be staffed with two library employees and can transporting up to 1,000 books that have either been requested for checkout or can be browsed curbside. Books can also be returned or renewed, and New Yorkers can sign up for library cards and receive reader services.

“We are so excited to roll out the next generation of New York Public Library Bookmobiles, which will allow us to take our books and services on the road and directly to New Yorkers in communities across our system,” said Caryl Matute, New York Public Library Interim chief branch library officer, who made the announcement during Library Week. “One of the best parts of being a librarian is engaging with New Yorkers, and this mobile library will give us new opportunities to do just that. We know that when kids and adults see the bookmobile coming, they’ll get excited to indulge in their next read, and we can’t wait to get started.”

The first bookmobile will support the Bronx community affected by the one-year closure of the Grand Concourse Library for improvements. The schedule and location of the bookmobiles will be available beginning this summer on the Library’s website at and via social media.


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