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The Bookmobile Is Going Just About Everywhere This Summer

23 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Rolling, rolling, rolling – keep those books a’rolling.

Each month, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library makes its way across the county, bringing the services of the Main Library and branches to places a bit more remote.

The Bookmobile is, in fact, just that – a branch on wheels. Not only will you find books to peruse and borrow, but you can get your library card, place and pick up materials on hold, return books, check our DVDs and video games, and more.

While the current vehicle is relatively new, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library had a similar service through its “branchmobile,” which operated from the 1950s through 1989. Even earlier, bookmobiles took library services across the area as far back as the 1920s.

These vehicles are the descendants of traveling libraries dating back to The American School Library, a set of books first published in 1839 and which came in a wooden carrying case. In the early 1900s it was the Women’s Club movement, which had a strong presence in Mansfield, which sought to champion roving libraries.

During the upcoming summer, the following schedule will help you choose a time when the MRCPL Bookmobile will be in your area:






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