The purpose of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is to insure that all Kentucky citizens have access to public library materials and services. Kentucky continues to operate over 125 bookmobile and outreach vehicles because it is the least expensive and most efficient way to reach those who cannot travel to their public library. People who have difficulty getting to the library include:
- those who are isolated by distance, poverty, lack of education or transportation
- those with disabilities
- the very young or elderly
- those in institutions such as schools, nursing homes, correctional facilities, etc…
Henderson County Bookmobile
Todd County 2012 Nissan Cargo Van
Rural, urban and suburban Kentuckians alike have depended on this program from the days of the packhorse librarians over 100 years ago, to the latest high-tech "cybermobiles."
About Bookmobiles - from the Statistical Report of Kentucky Public Libraries, Fiscal Year, 2014-2015:
- Seventy-five bookmobiles were operating, providing patron service for 82,727 hours.
- Circulation via bookmobiles totaled an astounding 1,708,296 items.
- Counties with bookmobiles are displayed on this map. Additionally, there were fifty-four outreach vehicles on the road last year.