2014 NACo Achievement Award

Transition from Bookmobile to Mobile Library Service

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Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Henrico County Public Library's (HCPL) Bookmobile service began in 1977 with the goal of bringing books and people together outside the traditional library setting. From 1977 through 2011 HCPL's bookmobile service used a large 32-foot bookmobile vehicle that allowed patrons to walk up into the vehicle to browse the collection. In response to budgetary changes and to address the needs of elderly patrons HCPL decided to transition from the 32-foot Bookmobile to a Mobile Library Service using a specially outfitted Sprinter Van. HCPL not only changed the vehicle but how programming and service stops were approached.