TCPL’s Mobile Library brings the library to you

The Tippecanoe County Public Library’s Outreach Services Department uses the mobile library unit to deliver library services and resources to those who are un-served or underserved due to physical, economic, social, geographic, or other barriers.

Definition of Underserved Populations for Mobile Library Service priorities:

Geographic:

  • Communities of persons residing three or more miles from a public library facility

Socioeconomic:

  • Communities/neighborhoods/educational institutions in which fees or rent are determined on a sliding scale or are government subsidized
  • Nursing Homes, Senior Housing, and Assisted Living facilities

Daycares/ Summer Camps:

In order for daycares and/or summer camps to be eligible for TCPL Mobile Library service they must be licensed, have at least 15 children ages 2-14 registered and meet at least one other criterion in the list below:

  • Located 2 miles or more from a library facility
  • Receive government assistance, enrollment fees determined on a sliding scale, or have children receiving government assistance
  • No facility owned vehicle(s) capable of legally transporting groups of children

The Mobile Library currently visits daycares once monthly.

For more information, please call the Outreach Services office at (765) 429-0169. 

Mobile library stops

Mobile Library
(765) 429-0169

Mobile Library Schedule

The Outreach Services Department provides library materials and services to those who, for a variety of reasons, cannot take advantage of them at the main library.

The mobile library operates on 3 schedules per year.

Winter/Spring schedule: January 1 – May 31
Summer schedule: June 1 – August 31
Fall schedule: September 1 – December 31

For more information, please call the Outreach Services office at (765) 429-0169.

Mobile Library Proposed Stops

In adding a new stop, the following considerations will be made:

  • The stop must be within the Tippecanoe County Public Library’s service area.
  • The stop will be evaluated as to how it reflects the mission of the Outreach Services Department.
  • Stops will be evaluated as to their priority level. (See the service priorities of the bookmobile.)
  • Sufficient staff and resources must be available to add the stop.
  • The stop must fit into the schedule geographically. Some stops may not be added if a nearby stop already exists.
  • There should be ample room to maneuver and park the bookmobile while providing maximum accessibility to customers.
  • The stop should provide a sufficient level of safety as to not put staff and resources in jeopardy.
  • Stop placement should allow cellular equipment and other independent electronic equipment to operate consistently.
  • The stop must be able to be advertised/promoted by the library.

Mobile Library Stop Application