Introducing our New Mobile Library
After two years of planning, design and manufacturing - the Library introduced its new colorful, state-of-the-art mobile library in December, 2015.
It also features greater shelf capacity due to the innovative design that brings the floor height above the wheel wells, improved staff work space to better serve customers and features pull out benches for early learning classes. A new awning provides shade for children and parents who attend programs in the warmer months.
The vehicle was built by TriVan Truck Body of Ferndale, WA. This is the first mobile library built by TriVan who has a solid reputation in the specialty vehicle market. In addition to the design features the mobile library is an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle. The engine meets the very stringent 2014 EPA greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency regulations. This classification equates to an 83.3% reduction in Nitrogen Oxides and a 90% reduction in particular matter over the library’s current bookmobile engine.
The new vehicle also features a hybrid operational power system. This ultra clean and quiet operational power system maximizes efficiency and minimizes neighborhood impact. High efficiency climate control and LED lighting systems work seamlessly with innovative battery packs and solar panels to provide clean and quiet power with an 80% reduction in generator run time.
The vehicle was built with eco-friendly construction materials. Interior fabrications were created with materials certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and finished with low VOC finishes. The flooring is made from renewable materials contributing to LEED 2.0 Materials and Resources certification.
The Jefferson County Library mobile services team visits seven communities in East Jefferson County and is on the road five days a week, lending approximately 55,000 items a year. Service extends from the Coyle Peninsula to Quilcene and Brinnon, to Cape George, Gardiner, Paradise Bay and Port Ludlow and serves a cross-section of the County’s population from preschoolers to seniors. Residents of the West End of Jefferson County are served through contracts and reciprocal borrowing agreements with the North Olympic Library System to the north and the Timberland Regional Library System to the south.