What does it cost to host the Digital Bookmobile?
It’s a free service that OverDrive offers to our library and school partners. OverDrive will provide the vehicle and all associated electronic equipment, power and Internet connectivity to help operate the event. Other than your staff and promotional support for the event, OverDrive will be responsible for all costs associated with the vehicle.
What is required of the library/school staff?
• At least 1 staff member must be with the Digital Bookmobile during all operating hours. For Library events, staff works at the table and tent outside of the Digital Bookmobile to help patrons with library questions and to entice them to hop aboard. At schools, teachers must accompany their classes to and from the bookmobile.
• The staff must be well-versed with the OverDrive service and able to answer basic technical questions.
• Staff members who are not familiar with the OverDrive service, but are interested in participating in the event are required to complete a training on OverDrive basics. This will include an overview of the Digital Bookmobile to help set expectations for the event.
• Participating library/school staff must arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the event for a thorough overview of the Digital Bookmobile. This also provides an opportunity for the participating staff to become familiar with the space and the available technology.
How long can an event be?
Events can run up to 5 hours maximum during the library/school’s open hours. We recommend hosting an event during your peak business hours or during already scheduled programming to attract the optimal traffic.
What are the dimensions of the vehicle?
The vehicle is 44’5” L x 8’ W. The clear set-up area required when fully deployed is approximately 54’ L x 22’ W.
Is the Digital Bookmobile ADA accessible?
Yes. In addition to a wheelchair lift, all workstations within the vehicle can be adjusted to accommodate various heights and physical limitations.
When will the driver need to arrive onsite?
The driver will arrive onsite two hours before the start of the event, but may need to arrive earlier for the parking lot to be mostly empty. The driver will park at a nearby truck stop the night before the event.
Does the Digital Bookmobile require access to an electric outlet?
No, the truck is completely self-sufficient with solar panels and a back-up generator supplying full electricity for the trailer.
Does the Digital Bookmobile have internet access?
Yes, the vehicle is equipped with onboard wireless internet connectivity through both Verizon and T-Mobile. If a strong cellular connection is provided by one of these providers, internet access will be strong for the event. The network and password information is available within the vehicle for those interested in having access to the internet during their visit.
How much does the vehicle weigh?
The Digital Bookmobile requires surfaces capable of sustaining 80,000 lbs.