Our Bookmobile

The bookmobile makes designated stops all around our service area, which includes Hanover and Bethlehem Twps., as well as Fountain Hill. The quarterly schedules are pretty easy-to-follow, as the stops and times generally don’t change all that much, but it is good to check back periodically in order to keep track of whatever minor alterations and/or holiday cancellations might be in store. Also, please note that the schedule does run on an alternating ‘A’ and ‘B’ week basis, meaning that there are some differences in stops depending on the week.

Request Items from the Library

To request items, call the library at 610-867-3761 (x399) or e-mail. For children’s items call 610-867-3761 (x499) or e-mail. Please call or e-mail by the day before or sooner to ensure the items will be on the bookmobile.

Request Items Online

Request items online by logging into your account and browsing the catalog. Be sure to select the bookmobile as the pickup location before submitting the request. A specified day and/or stop can be indicated in the comments section of the form.

Fun Facts About Bookie Monster

  • The aluminum body was designed by Moroney Body Works out of Worchester, MA. They brand them as Moroney Monolite Bookmobiles. The company goes back over a century ago, and its first bookmobile was built in 1940. They do a number of “standard” and “specialty” models (some are actually converted from various types of buses). 
  • BAPL’s is a standard 24 foot model, made in 2003.
  • The body weighs approx. 2.25 tons. 
  • The chassis weighs approx. 2.75 tons
  • The books weigh approx. a half a ton. 
  • It is about 5 1/2 tons altogether!
  • The current model is BAPL’s second bookmobile.
  • There are approx. 2,000 books and anywhere between 120-150 DVDs and 30-40 audiobooks. 
  • In 2012, a young girl from Bethlehem Township named Emily was the winner of the “name the bookmobile contest.” Her winning entry was “Bookie Monster!”

Bookmobile Cancellations

All checked-out bookmobile items will be automatically renewed anytime the bookmobile misses a stop. Call the library or visit the library’s news blog for info.

Email if you wish to be notified about cancellations via e-mail.

Renewing Items

Renew items from home online (visit library catalog and click my account to login) or call 610-867-3761 (x226).

More Information

For more information about the Bethlehem Area Public Library Bookmobile email Mike Henninger or phone 610-442-2504.