Bookmobile Service Coming to NOLS!
NOLS strives to offer equitable and accessible services to all community members, and has prioritized this value in the 2021-2023 Strategic Initiatives.
Starting in Fall 2022, NOLS will expand library services to include a Bookmobile in order to increase library awareness, access, and use among Clallam County residents through additional outreach. Established routes for the service will be added in 2023.
NOLS has a service population of 75,000 residents spread out over a large geographic area that covers many remote locations in Clallam County. Providing residents, regardless of their location, with access to information they might not otherwise have is a critical part of the Library’s role in the community.
Because of the County’s remoteness, large geographic area, and economic instability, amplifying high-quality library services can be cost-prohibitive. NOLS can utilize its many community partnerships to allow access to as many people as possible via the Bookmobile.
In 2023, the Bookmobile will make regular stops throughout the county and external book drops will be available at various locations. As soon as late Fall 2022, the Bookmobile will be at special community events. Promoting library services at community events, through community partners and their bases, and NOLS’ strong communications and social media presence, positions NOLS to connect resources and needs throughout Clallam County while fostering relationships between school districts, and other community agencies.
NOLS Past Bookmobile History – West End Travels of the Bookmobile
According to “West End Travels of the Bookmobile,” library Bookmobile service in Clallam County began in 1949. The Bookmobile did daily runs throughout the county in all types of weather. Bookmobile service was used for many years from East End to West End to provide library materials, connection in more rural areas, and browsing opportunities. The Bookmobile delivered to personal residences, business hubs, and public locations. Materials were delivered on a set schedule so people knew to anticipate delivery and pick up events on specific days and times.
One of the stops was the Joyce General Store, a possible stop for a new route. Other stops included: the Clallam Bay, Royal, Beaver, and Sekiu schools; tree farms; and a lighthouse. Three Sisters, Lake Ozette, Neah Bay, Lake Crescent, and Sappho were all served.
When the Bookmobile was retired, it became the original Clallam Bay Library. Library services and programs were available on the Bookmobile until a physical building became a reality for the Clallam Bay community.