What is the Library's Outreach Van Service?
The Outreach Van provides library materials to residents of assisted living and senior living facilities. This service helps meet the needs of patrons who cannot access our library buildings or the Bookmobile. The library offers Van Service to facilities both as lobby stops and deposit collections.
What is the difference between lobby stops and deposit collections?
Lobby stops are browsing collections brought biweekly to serve residents with limited mobility. Using rolling carts, library staff set up a temporary mini library in the lobby or activity room of facilities and check out materials directly to patrons.
Deposit collections can be separate from lobby stops or an additional service. Library staff deliver bags of books and other materials to sites biweekly or monthly. These facilities then establish their own method of distributing or using materials.
Are Van stops open to the general public?
Generally, no. Unlike Bookmobile stops that are open to everyone, Van patrons typically must be residents, staff, or approved guests of the facilities we serve, in accordance with the policies of each specific site.
What materials are provided by the Outreach Van?
- Popular books (many in large print)
- Audiobooks on CD and Playaways
- Music CDs
All materials are regularly rotated to ensure variety. Library staff can obtain any circulating item in the library's catalog for patrons.
What facilities offer lobby stop service from the Outreach Van?
- Edgewood Village Apartments
- Garden Villa
- Golden Living Center
- Hearthstone Health Campus
- Patterson Pointe Senior Residence
- Providence Place Apartments
- Redbud Hills
- Stonecroft Health Campus
Can my facility request service?
Yes, though we need to prioritize locations served so that we impact as many customers as possible. Contact the Library's Special Audience Strategist at (812) 349-3103 or use our contact form on the side of this page.
What other outreach services does the library provide?
Homebound Service is a personalized, monthly delivery of library materials to persons unable to use our branches due to prolonged illness, physical disability, or significant transportation problems.
We also offer deposit collections to area Licensed Child Care Centers and larger Registered Child Care Ministries, and we provide library service to the Monroe County Correctional Center.
For more information on Van Service or any of the outreach services provided by Monroe County Public Library, call us at (812) 349-3174 or use our contact form on the side of this page.