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The latest addition to Omaha Public Library’s countless offerings was parked at the Gene Leahy Mall Tuesday morning.OPL’s new ‘Mobile Library’ is a truck that comes with bookshelves, a large storage area in the back, a TV, radio, solar panels, retractable awnings with wind sensors, built-in Wi-Fi and books and videos to be checked out. Maggie Petersen, Outreach & Partnerships Manager for OPL, is excited for the vehicle to bring the library to more people.”By being able to take this vehicle out, we’re able to meet with people who might need the library and its services but have trouble accessing us for whatever reason,” Petersen said.People will be able to check out books and videos, use the Wi-Fi, sign up for memberships and learn more about OPL’s services and programs.Petersen said the truck will be able to do nearly everything the branches do other than the bigger services such as printing or making copies.It’s the first time OPL has had a Mobile Library in nearly 40 years. Petersen said the first version went away because OPL had branches that served all of Omaha. It’s needed today because of the Metro’s growth.”There are pockets of our community that need a library but don’t have one with easy access,” Petersen said. “This is a way for us to take the library out there.”The Mobile Library will be used until the weather prohibits it and it’s put away for the winter. Learn more about OPL and find the Mobile Library’s schedule by visiting the library’s website.Get the latest headlines from KETV NewsWatch 7

The latest addition to Omaha Public Library’s countless offerings was parked at the Gene Leahy Mall Tuesday morning.

OPL’s new ‘Mobile Library’ is a truck that comes with bookshelves, a large storage area in the back, a TV, radio, solar panels, retractable awnings with wind sensors, built-in Wi-Fi and books and videos to be checked out.

Maggie Petersen, Outreach & Partnerships Manager for OPL, is excited for the vehicle to bring the library to more people.

“By being able to take this vehicle out, we’re able to meet with people who might need the library and its services but have trouble accessing us for whatever reason,” Petersen said.

People will be able to check out books and videos, use the Wi-Fi, sign up for memberships and learn more about OPL’s services and programs.

Petersen said the truck will be able to do nearly everything the branches do other than the bigger services such as printing or making copies.

It’s the first time OPL has had a Mobile Library in nearly 40 years. Petersen said the first version went away because OPL had branches that served all of Omaha. It’s needed today because of the Metro’s growth.

“There are pockets of our community that need a library but don’t have one with easy access,” Petersen said. “This is a way for us to take the library out there.”

The Mobile Library will be used until the weather prohibits it and it’s put away for the winter. Learn more about OPL and find the Mobile Library’s schedule by visiting the library’s website.

Get the latest headlines from KETV NewsWatch 7

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