WELCOME TO THE
Ruth Mini Mobile Library
The Ultimate Source for Free Books
We are very thankful for your support. All our books are free and we accept all kinds of donations including books for all ages, DVDs, vinyl records, and magazines. We accept cash and online donations and all funds raised go towards buying new books and expanding our library. Please tell everyone you know who loves books.
The Ruth Mini Mobile Library provides free books for people of all ages across San Antonio. We understand that families, students, and avid readers cannot always afford to buy books regularly. The Ruth Mini Mobile Library has Little Free Library crates at various business locations to provide a portal of books to the community. When our library goes mobile, we set up a table, tent, bookshelves, and a few hundred books and allow people to take as many books as they want. Our mobile library is run by volunteers and can only function with your donations and support.
Our vision is to make books and libraries more accessible to those who live in book deserts.
CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19 (10/2021)
– We purchased a black light to add an extra layer of caution to our cleaning process.
– Every single book is wiped down gently to prevent damage.
– In-person events have been canceled indefinitely.
– Deliveries are unavailable indefinitely due to lack of funding.
– Books are now placed in Little Free Libraries only. (All over San Antonio)
– We have currently halted all incoming book donations while we downsize our collection due to a lack of storage space.
– Archive projects and questions are handled online now.
– Online Catalog has been temporarily disabled.
– Ofrendas for the archive will be presented virtually.
– Not all donations will be accepted into the collection due to a stricter processing method regarding condition.
Disclaimer: We are not a company or a registered non-profit organization. This is a community service project run by two volunteers who provide these services free of charge. We rely solely on donations to keep this library running. We are not open 24/7. Our business hours are mostly on the weekends. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are trying our best with the resources we currently have. Book requests could take up to 1 year to fill, and can only be filled upon availability. Archive project requests placed after 2020 will be placed on a waiting list.
NEWS AND UPDATES
10/06/2021 – Online Catalog Temporarily Disabled
10/01/2021 – Hiatus Extended
01/01/2021 – Hiatus Extended
11/01/2020 – Mobile Library put on Hiatus
09/28/2020 – Soft Launch of Online Catalog (Beta Version 3.2.2)
09/15/2020 – 9,000 Books Given Away Since January 2017
11/01/2019 – Transitional Period (updating systems and procedures)
10/28/2019 – 8,000 Books Given Away Since January 2017
12/22/2018 – 6,000 Books Given Away Since January 2017
12/09/2018 – 5,000 Books Given Away Since January 2017
11/11/2018 – 4,000 Books Given Away Since January 2017
10/06/2018 – 3,000 Books Given Away Since January 2017
08/09/2018 – Temporarily Disabled OPAC (Online Catalog)
07/23/2018 – Hiatus Extended (click here for details)
06/01/2018 – Mobile Library put on Hiatus
05/05/2018 – 2,000 Books Given Away Since January 2017
05/01/2018 – Transitional Period (updating systems, procedures, may experience some downtime on the website and OPAC (Online Search)
04/23/2018 – Added an Online Donation Form (click here to donate)
10/19/2017 – Fixed issues with the website concerning error pages and several hours of downtime.
10/14/2017 – Upgraded Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with creating your Patron ID.