Who Can Participate
The bookmobile is for everyone - children and adults. All bookmobile cardholders have full library privileges. To reserve books for delivery at your bookmobile stop, contact Stephanie Ligenza, Bookmobile Services Technician, at 402-613-8546 or email.
Rural Platte County residents voted on November 3, 2020 to discontinue library services, including the bookmobile. Service will continue through June 30, 2021. Contact your County Supervisor for more information.
Go to the Bookmobile Calendar to see when it will be in your area.
Before your visit, please refer to the special instructions included on the calendar for bookmobile use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the required waiver.
Proud History of Platte County Library Service
In the summer of 1967 Win Jacobsen, the city librarian (1961-1979), was hiring staff for this new library service. He chose Karen Hake, a young lady fresh out of high school, to work as the "Bookmobile Librarian." Karen Hake retired in 2017 after 50 years of service as the Bookmobile Librarian.
A light-green bread-box shaped vehicle served until the spring of 1990, when a new blue and white bus-size vehicle, manufactured by the Thomas Built Bus Company of High Point, North Carolina, was delivered to the library. The old Gerstenslager had gone through two engines and the odometer showed 300,000 miles traveled in over 20 years of service.
In March of 2002, the County Board of Supervisors voted to place the issue of bookmobile and walk-in library service on the May primary election ballot. Following a campaign by county residents who advocated library and bookmobile funding, the voters at the primary election cast 83% of their votes in favor of a levy to continue paying for bookmobile and walk-in library service.
In July of 2020, County Board of Supervisors voted to place the issue of bookmobile and walk-in library service on the November general election ballot. This question failed to pass, resulting in the discontinuation of library service to rural residents of Platte County, effective July 1, 2021.
A new "Freightliner" bookmobile was ordered and received just in time to be in the city's Sesquicentennial Parade on Sunday, July 1st, 2006. This new, but shorter, vehicle replaced the Thomas Built bus-size bookmobile that was in use for nearly 15 years.