Westfield Washington Public Library is increasing in additional methods than one. Moreover having a brand new, bigger constructing beneath building close to Westfield Boulevard, the library just lately added a motor vehicle to achieve extra patrons.
The outreach automobile van is provided to carry books, DVDs and different library supplies. A librarian will journey within the automobile to areas reminiscent of senior-living amenities to make supplies obtainable to patrons who might not be capable of go to the library.
“It’s form of a thought we’ve had for a very very long time as we have been doing our strategic plan and getting out to assisted-living locations and having a presence at group occasions so we don’t need to cart a desk round,” WWPL Government Director Sheryl Sollars mentioned.
Sollars mentioned the price of the van and supplies was $200,00 and was paid for with a $500,000 bond issued in 2020.
“That was listed as one of many initiatives we needed to fund,” Sollars mentioned.
The automobile was delivered to the library April 14. Patrons can browse bookshelves, verify supplies in or out, apply for a library card and use an on-board pc.
Sollars mentioned the library bought extra supplies for the automobile so it wouldn’t have an effect on the library’s assortment. The van can maintain 1,700 books and as much as 2,000 complete supplies, together with DVDs. The automobile has a retractable awning and is provided with Wi-Fi.
“It would additionally be capable of maintain six movable carts that may maintain roughly 100 books, so complete it may maintain as much as roughly 2,500 gadgets, or perhaps extra,” Sollars mentioned.
WWPL plans to go to underserved neighborhoods, native parks and group occasions sooner or later within the automobile. To request a cell go to, name 317-896-9391.