Bookmobile out of reach for Barry-Lawrence Library
New vehicle costly, too long to store in present garage
Plans for securing a new bookmobile for the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library have been tabled over cost and storage issues.
The bookmobile issue arose at the library board's September meeting. Board members asked director Gina Milburn and Joyce Frazier, administrative assistant, to explore getting a new bookmobile. The resource would provide better outreach to unserved communities in the two counties, and provide service to Purdy and Miller, which have smaller collections.
The old bookmobile was sold nearly 20 years ago.
In October, Milburn and Frazier reported a new bookmobile, available from manufacturers, would measure from 23 to 28 feet long and cost between $200,000 and $250,000. In addition, the library operation has no place to conveniently park a vehicle of that size, short of building a garage on the site of the future library in Monett on Old Airport Road. It would not fit in the current garage at Sixth and Bond in Monett, they said.
Board members opted to table the discussion. They chose to continue the pop-up library service that has operated since 2015, using the library's newer van.