Library exploring options to replace aging Techmobile

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GREENFIELD — The community’s library on wheels could look drastically different in the next year.

Officials at the Hancock County Public Library are thinking about retiring the decade-old Techmobile and getting a smaller, more energy-efficient vehicle that could open up new possibilities for programming and service to the community.

Library administration last week gave a presentation to the library board on the Techmobile, purchased in 2003 with a Lilly Endowment grant to promote Internet connectivity across the county.

But times are changing, officials have realized, and the cost of maintaining the 35-foot bus is escalating.

One possible solution: Invest in a smaller, van-like vehicle called a Sprinter Bookmobile. It could make programming more flexible and could even go to smaller sites impossible now with the large vehicle, officials say.

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