A Look Inside Rochester's Renovated Book Mobile

Updated: 09/03/2014 7:04 PM
Created: 09/03/2014 7:03 PM
By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester Public Library says it is the only one in the country, a hybrid drive train Bookmobile. The service has been in the area since 1966, but it now serves more people than any other Bookmobile in Minnesota.

“We run with a collection that should have something for everybody,” said Bookmobile Staff Member Margie Brumm.

A 4,500 collection of items, on four wheels.

“What we have here is a 2012 freightliner, 40 foot Bookmobile. It’s 40 feet from bumper to bumper,” said Bookmobile Staff Member Chris Beckman.

The first Bookmobile debuted in Rochester in 1966. Since them, three other Bookmobiles have served the area. Now, the Bookmobile is a hybrid semi, library on wheels.

“They’ve all been wonderful, but this one’s cooler. It’s brighter color. It’s a semi,” said Brumm.

The Bookmobile features green technology. Solar panels, recycled rubber floors and LED lights help save more than $3,000 every year.

The Bookmobile runs on diesel fuel, but a community need keeps the program running.

“Some people maybe don’t have cars, or can’t make it down to the main library, so we actually come out and find certain areas of the city where we need to be,” said Brumm.

“I can’t get to the regular library. We’ve been coming to the Bookmobile for over 35 years,” said Judith Colins.

Overall, the Rochester Public Library Bookmobile services around 30,000 people, in 77 neighborhoods every year.

“Like a small town library, I know the patrons. I know their children, I know their children’s children,” said Brumm. 

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