Bookmobile Generators Fail Prior to Being Retired For Good

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The Boise Public Library Bookmobile has died without even reaching the finish line.

On Aug. 5, Citydesk reported that the Boise Public Library had decided to put the bookmobile up on blocks, beginning Monday, Oct. 1. Library trustees, pointing to declining usage over the past five years and budget reductions for Fiscal Year 2013, decided to eliminate the service that grew its presence through much of the late 20th century.

Notice of the suspension began being distributed to patrons on Aug. 15.

But on Aug. 24, the bookmobile's generators failed. Instead of fixing the generators, library officials decided to supplement the service by distributing books using library vans until the end of September.

The Library struggled with the bookmobile's ongoing mechanical issues over the years. Officials said a yearly budget of $82,500 was required for fuel, staff, maintenance and repairs. A new vehicle was estimated to cost as much as $500,000.

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