§ 141.28. Basic standards for bookmobiles.
(a) A bookmobile is a vehicle especially designed and equipped to carry books and other library materials and to function as a mobile library. It maintains a regular schedule of community stops throughout the service area of the local library or library system which operates it.
(b) For a plan to be approved for the use of an equal distribution grant which is awarded to a local library or library system for a bookmobile, the following requirements shall be fulfilled:
(1) The local library or library system shall be governed as specified in § 141.21(2)(i)(B) (relating to local libraries).
(2) The local library or library system must qualify for basic per capita aid as specified in section 303(1) of The Library Code (24 P. S. 4303(1)).
(3) The central library unit as defined in § 141.27(b) (relating to basic standards for branch libraries) must qualify for an equal grant.
(4) Service shall be provided as follows:
(i) The bookmobile shall be at stops not less than 20 hours weekly at times and in locations which afford all residents good access to it and which best suit their needs.
(ii) The bookmobile shall be able to provide some ready reference service.
(iii) The staff of the bookmobile shall be ready and willing to communicate with the headquarters library for reference assistance and interlibrary loans.
(5) Library materials shall be provided as follows:
(i) The bookmobile shall have a shelf capacity of at least 2,000 items and shall offer a selection of not less than 6,000 different titles annually which have currency and are demonstrably useful to all residents of its service area.
(ii) Libraries with bookmobiles shall expend annually, for the purchase of materials for use on each qualifying bookmobile, twice the amount of the equal distribution grant for that bookmobile. For example, if the equal distribution grant is $900, then the expenditure for library materials in the year of the grant must be not less than $1,800.
(6) Personnel policies shall be as follows:
(i) The bookmobile must be in the charge of a person who has been trained to recognize and provide for the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the residents of its service area. The training may be provided by the local library or library system which operates the vehicle or by the district library center.
(ii) At all stops, the bookmobile shall be staffed by a person trained as specified in subparagraph (i), and the person in charge shall work on it during the majority of hours that the bookmobile is at stops.
The provisions of this § 141.28 adopted May 22, 1981, effective May 23, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 1800.
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