Bookmobiles Back June 15 on Limited Schedule

Starting Mon, June 15 the bookmobiles will be back out in the community! We’ll be out Mon – Sat with a limited schedule to allow for extra sanitization. Bookmobile staff will deliver holds and popular Grab-N-Go items. We’ll put items directly into your trunk or back seat just like library Curbside Pickup! You can also use free WiFi when you’re parked by the bookmobiles. However, due to social distancing requirements, you will not be allowed on bookmobiles.

Current Bookmobile Service

When you arrive at the Bookmobile, call us from your car (you’ll see signs with the phone number). If you don’t have a cell phone, we can still help. A staff member will be outside the bookmobile. See the current bookmobile schedule.

Here’s what you can do at do at bookmobiles:

  • Pickup holds
  • Pickup Browsing Just for You requests
  • Pickup Grab and Go book bundles – we’ll select items for you
  • Use free WiFi (TSCPL-Public)

Bookmobile Curbside Pickup Step by Step

  1. Place items on hold online, on our app or by phone 785-580-4400.
  2. Choose your nearest bookmobile stop as the Pickup Location.
  3. We’ll notify you when your items are ready for pickup.
  4. Drive out the bookmobile stop during open hours, call and and your items will be brought out safely to you!

Contactless delivery. Your health is our priority.

At Bookmobile Curbside Pickup

When you come to the bookmobile to pick up your items, park in spaces near the bookmobile and stay in your vehicle. Call the number on the sign to let us know you’re here. We’ll ask a few questions to help the pickup go smoothly. Then pop the trunk or open a back door. We’ll bring your items out  and we’ll put them in your car with a checkout receipt. There won’t be any contact between you and staff.

phone Free WiFiFree WiFI

Along with the curbside service we have free public wireless internet (TSCPL-Public) at the bookmobiles. If you need to internet access, you can park at one of our stops and get connected.

Help Selecting Books, Movies & Music

If you don’t have specific titles in mind, librarians are happy to select books, movies and/or music for you. There are two options: Browsing Just for You or Grab-N-Go book bundles, which can both be picked up at the bookmobile.

Browsing Just for You is a personalized service. You answer 10 easy questions about what you’re looking for and where you’d like to pick up items (including a bookmobile location). We’ll select items we think you’ll like and bundle them together. Then we’ll email you when they are ready to be picked up at the location you’ve chosen. Make your request now.

Grab-N-Go bundles are perfect when you want something to read right now. We’ve put together book bundles based on age ranges and genres. You can stop by the bookmobile (starting June 15) or the library’s Curbside Pickup  (9am-6pm Mon-Sat and noon-6pm Sun), call the number on the sign and ask for a book bundle of whatever you have in mind. You could ask for mysteries, picture books, middle-grade fantasy, science fiction, history or almost anything and we’ll bring you out a bundle of books.

Returns

If you are returning items, please put those into a book return. Many Bookmobile locations also have permanent book returns. If not, you can drop them at any book return. For everyone’s safety staff will not be able to take returns directly from your car. Likewise, we aren’t able to accept any donations of books or other physical material at this time.

Help

Are you not sure what you want? Would you like some help placing requests? Do you have any questions about using your library? Call us at 580-4400 and we’ll help you with whatever you need.

We hope to be back to our full-time service as soon and as safely possible. We look forward to being back in the community once again getting materials into your hands (or trunks)!

Sandy Hestand has more than 10 years of experience bringing the library out into the community through bookmobile outreach services. She is also a mother, musician and CDL licensed driver. Sandy believes libraries are the heart and soul of the community and she believes in the life changing power of knowledge.