Alberta Bookmobile Service


Consumer Survey


A model of Exemplary Bookmobile Service

North American Library Principles

Vision & Mission Statements

Tour of the Prototype



I: Floor plan for the Alberta Bookmobile Service

II: Geographic Areas for Library Systems

III: New Guidelines for the 21st Century by Richard M. Cheski
(offsite link)

North American Library Principles

Library services are an important and integral part of our communities. However, even given that only 59 Alberta communities have no easy access to library material in a building, there are many individuals in all of our communities who cannot necessarily get to a library building. A bookmobile can provide services to this population that a branch library cannot, by bringing the library to them.3

The American Library Association (ALA) supports Bookmobile service through the Office of Literacy and Outreach Services. The purpose of this branch of the ALA is to ensure that traditionally underrepresented groups, such as those living in rural areas, have equal access to information.4

The Government of Alberta abides by four principles for equitable library services stated below:5

  • Access: Albertans have an equal right to access information regardless of economic, social or geographic circumstances.
  • Accountability: Provincial and municipal governments are responsible for maintaining a healthy public library service. Library boards are accountable to the citizens and funding authorities.
  • Quality service: Cooperation among and through library systems is the most efficient means of providing access to information and
  • Funding: Public library service is funded by local and provincial tax dollars. Library boards may raise funds.

3 Robert Smith, "Bookmobile Services: Back to the Future", Bookmobile and Outreach Services, v 2, no 1, 1998, p. 16.
4 American Library Association, Library Outreach Resources, Accessed June 9, 2005.
5 Government of Alberta Website, Community Development, Accessed June 11, 2005.

This paper was originally written in June 2005 to fulfill course requirements for Facilities Planning (LIS 587), at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta. It was converted to HTML to fulfill the requirements of the Capping Exercise (LIS 600).

Last updated: March 12, 2006
Merrill Kemp 2006