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New bookmobile rolls into Bozeman area

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - Climb aboard the Bozeman Public Library's new bookmobile and you will find a fully functioning library. It is a 40-foot-long bus converted into a mobile library.

Like any other library, it holds books for children, adults and even a DVD collection.

Planning for the bookmobile started in 2012. After fundraising efforts by the Friends of the Bozeman Public Library and the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, the bus is finally ready to go.

"Sometimes children don't have the opportunity to get to the standing library so we're going to take the library to them," librarian Carmen Clark said.

Clark is the librarian assigned to the bookmobile. Last year, city commissioners increased the budget for the library to fund Clark's position and a bookmobile assistant.

"The people in the community have donated money as well so this bookmobile really belongs to everybody," Susan Gregory, the library director, said.

The city is still paying off the construction of the current library on the east side of town and there is no plan to build another on the west side of town. Because of that, the bus's route will focus on that area.

"We're going to Four Corners and Gallatin Gateway as well as Amsterdam and Churchill. We're going to go to parks and senior centers too," Clark said.

Checking out an item on the bookmobile will be the same as checking out at the regular library. Items can be returned to either the bus or the library. Clark says the bookmobile will not have any late fees because it only returns to the same location for one hour, once every two weeks.

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