Versatile Richmond Public Library van might soon roll through town

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The planned purchase of a library van serving Richmond residents would allow pop-up libraries to be installed just about anywhere in the city.

The Richmond Public Library currently sends out a bookmobile to the city’s schools and daycares and events, but it’s not a very big vehicle.

The Richmond Public Library Foundation (RPLF) has had its eyes set on a more versatile book van equipped with removable bookshelves.

The portable shelves on the Explorer I Sprinter Customized BookVan “allow the materials to be taken off the van and into a facility such as a senior center,” according to library officials.

“This opens up a new type of outreach opportunity for this mobile library branch,” officials said.

RPLF reportedly raised enough money to purchase the modern van from the city of Berkeley’s library system. The van reportedly has low mileage.

The vehicle’s purchase still faces approval at City Council. Tonight, council is scheduled to consider green-lighting the donation of $68,000 from RPLF to the Richmond Public Library for the purchase of the vehicle and related fees.