Four New Electric Mini Bookmobiles Bring the Library to the Community

For Immediate Release
August 9, 2018

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Go Go Biblio vehicles expand outreach to the public

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – August 9, 2018 – The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is introducing four new mini bookmobiles to expand outreach into each of its communities. Named “Go Go Biblios,” three of these electric vehicles will be based at the Cupertino, Los Altos and Saratoga libraries, thanks to the generous funding provided by the Friends of the Cupertino Library, Los Altos Library Endowment and Friends of the Saratoga Libraries. The fourth vehicle will be shared between Campbell, Gilroy, Milpitas and Morgan Hill libraries. The Go Go Biblios have a mission to share the love of reading and learning with the public through their cargo of books and other media.

“Our Go Go Biblios will allow more opportunities to interact with the community,” stated Nancy Howe, County Librarian. “We want to bring the library directly to the public to introduce the many books, movies, music, programs, and online resources we have to offer all ages.”

The vehicles can hold up to 200 books/media and are fully electric. The panels lift up on both sides, revealing the materials available for check out. With a maximum speed of 25 mph and a limited service range, the Cupertino, Los Altos and Saratoga Go Go Biblios will be deployed within their local communities, while the fourth vehicle will visit the many other communities throughout the Library District. When you see one in your neighborhood, be sure to wave and say “Hello Go Go Biblio”.

Side view of Los Altos Go Go Biblio    
Side view of Los Altos Go Go Biblio, others
Go Go Biblio with side panel open    
Go Go Biblio with side panel open

The Saratoga Library Go Go Biblio was delivered earlier this morning, while the Cupertino Library vehicle is scheduled for this afternoon. The Los Altos Library delivery date will be sometime next week.

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About the Santa Clara County Library District

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 2 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2017, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2017, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 328,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.2 million visitors, who borrowed over 9 million items.

Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Erik Sanjurjo
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3080/3014