In the late 1940's the library introduced the Mobile Library (formerly called the book van or book mobile) service as it was necessary to serve schools and individuals in rural areas where there were no Public Libraries. The Mobile Library Service makes it possible for information to be more readily accessible to these rural communities and provides an opportunity for patrons to be exposed to the wealth of knowledge that exists outside of their communities.
Bookmobile 0: This service was launched on 13th November 1990 after an absence of sixteen (16) years. It was through the “Partners in Education” programme that the Bookmobile was purchased, outfitted and bequeathed to the Central Library Services on the 17th September 1990 by the Bank of Nova Scotia. The “Scotia Book Mobile” as it was familiarly called at that time was serviced and maintained by the Bank of Nova Scotia until 14th July 1997 when it was officially handed over to the Libraries Division, Office of The Prime Minister. It is presently operated and maintained by NALIS.
Bookmobile 1: Bookmobile1 is the second locally built mobile library. The unit was built by Mecalfab Limited and purchased by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. It started serving the public in September 1996. The mobile service caters to adult, young adult and juvenile readers.
Digital Mobile Library: NALIS' first digital mobile library was officially commissioned on 6th December 2007. This new mobile library, like no other in the NALIS fleet, provides wireless access to the Internet, the online catalogue and electronic databases. Airconditioning, automatic lifts for wheelchairs and washroom facilities are other features.