SANTA FE — Operated by the New Mexico State Library’s Rural Services Program, the state’s three bookmobiles will be back on the road beginning Monday, April 12, 2021.
Based in Cimarron, Tucumcari and Los Lunas, the three bookmobiles provide library and information services to state residents in underserved and rural New Mexico communities, with several monthly stops scheduled in each of these areas.
At each stop, access to the bookmobile will be limited to curbside service and patrons will not be permitted to enter the bookmobiles. Tables will be set up so that customers can pick up or drop off equipment. Additionally, all three bookmobiles will be equipped with satellite internet, allowing customers to connect via a wireless signal.
When using bookmobile services, patrons are required to follow COVID safety practices, such as wearing face coverings and keeping six feet apart.
Bookmobiles will run on an abbreviated schedule in April, May and June and will stay at each stop for 30 minutes. For more information, including a schedule of stops in each region, visit http://www.nmstatelibrary.org/direct-and-rural-services, or call Bookmobile East at 575-461-1206, Bookmobile Northeast at 575 -376-2474, or Bookmobile West at 505-841-5250.
The routes and stops of the bookmobile are as follows:
• Northeast Bookmobile (Cimarron): Velarde, Peñasco, Questa, Tierra Amarilla, Tres Piedras, Carson, Wagon Mound, Mosquero, Roy, Miami, Des Moines, Vermejo Part Ranch, Ribera, Pecos, Rowe, Watrous, Rociada, Guadalupita and Mora.
• East Bookmobile (Tucumcari): Elida, St. Vrain, Melrose, House, Logan, San Jon, Amistad, Nara Visa, Logan, Lakewood, Hagerman, Quay, McAlister, Grady, Carrizozo and White Oaks.
• Western Bookmobile (Los Lunas): Bluewater, Thoreau, Whispering Cedars, Wingate, El Morro, Pine Hill, Ramah, Fence Lake, Cubero, Highland Meadows, Datil, Pie Town, Quemado, Bosque, Veguita, Monticello, Winston, Cuchillo, Caballo and Hillsboro.
The bookmobile program has served rural New Mexico communities since 1956. Each bookmobile can carry up to 4,000 books. Between the three bookmobiles, there are more than 4,100 registered library users.
Bookmobiles are supported by equity funds granted by the New Mexico State Legislature, with ongoing operations funded by the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Institute of Library Services. museums and libraries.
About the New Mexico State Library
Established in 1929, the New Mexico State Library is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the direction of the New Mexico Library Commission. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the New Mexico State Library Foundation through generous donor support. The New Mexico State Library provides services that support public and tribal libraries, provides direct library services to rural people, state agencies, the visually and physically handicapped, and students and citizens carrying out research. The library supports public libraries by providing consulting services, providing training and continuing education opportunities, administering the librarian certification program, coordinating a statewide summer reading program and a tribal library program, and administering state and federal grants to public libraries.