Frequently Asked Questions

the 3 vans part of the street fleet
  • What is a mobile outreach vehicle?

The Los Angeles Public Library has three mobile outreach vehicles. These are multifunctional vehicles that serve to showcase library services to a wide audience. The vehicles allow for demonstrations of the online library catalog, database research, and e-media services. The mobile outreach vehicles are not bookmobiles.

  • Where do you go?

Outreach staff attend events, visit organizations, and schools within the city of Los Angeles. We also partner with other city departments. Events that we attend should be free and open to the public.

  • How do you decide which events to attend?

In addition to our guidelines for attending community events, we also have to consider the vehicle's dimensions before deciding if a vehicle can attend an event.

Length: 23 ft. (29 ft. with lift open)
Width: 9 ft. (15 ft. with awning open)
Height: 10 ft.

street fleet van parked with awning open

  • How can I request the Community Outreach unit or Bilingual Outreach Librarian for my event?

Please use this form to request library outreach for your event or organization.

  • What library services do you offer?

The Community Outreach Unit and Bilingual Outreach Librarians provide a wide range of services and cater to the audience's needs.

Services include:

  • answering reference questions
  • e-media demonstrations
  • library card sign up
  • resources for parents and caregivers
  • storytimes for babies and children
  • tools for job seekers

  • Can I check out books from the vehicle?

The vehicle does not have a collection of books for checkout.

  • Can I get a library card at an outreach event?

Yes, the outreach team can provide library cards at community events.

If you have additional questions, email us at