Free Library Techmobile

The Techmobile is a mobile computer lab featuring wireless internet access, laptops, iPads, a printer, books and lots of learning opportunities. A Digital Resource Specialist onboard will provide one-one-one instruction and structured trainings (upon request) on topics ranging from computer and email basics, resume writing and job searching to small business resources, social networking, e-books and more.

If your community organization is interested in a visit from the Techmobile, please check out the Partner With Us tab above for more information.

Blog Posts

What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at several of our neighborhood libraries after school for a celebration of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs, including interactive… continue reading

By Rachel F.   April 25, 2014   

There have been a number of news stories over the past few weeks discussing the digital divide that still exists around the world. Studies and statistics show that access to the internet has improved over recent years to a certain extent, but that there are still 60 million Americans who have no online access , many of them elderly,… continue reading

By Peter SM   August 27, 2013   

  A few weeks ago, we posted about LiLi , a experimental hi-tech library vehicle from Canada. Today, meet A47, a mobile library in Mexico City that has taken a decidedly low-tech angle to reach out and deliver library services. Instead of the cutting-edge digital delivery of library services, including digital literacy training,… continue reading

By Joel N.   July 17, 2012   

Today we're at 25th and Lehigh, serving One Day at a Time Recovery and other recovery houses in this neighborhood, providing access and assistance for people getting online for the first time, working on resumes, and learning about social media privacy. We've just heard about a new mobile digital library project, in Canada,… continue reading

By Joel N.   June 8, 2012    1

The Techmobile is parked outside the third base gate at Citizens Bank Park, helping welcome Phillies fans to the game tonight as they face off against the Marlins. (OK--we're welcoming everyone, but rest assured we're mostly seeing red.) Stop by and say hi on your way into the game. While you're on board, you can register… continue reading

By Joel N.   June 1, 2012   

Last week, the Techmobile traveled to North Second Street to participate in the Food Trust's Night Market , a "roving street fair celebrating the city's ethnic restaurants, gourmet food trucks and coolest neighborhoods from the people who brought you Headhouse Farmer's Market."  Thank you to Oron at North… continue reading

By Joel N.   May 31, 2012    5

We have had a busy and adventurous week aboard the Techmobile. From geography and map literacy programs for third graders to lots of open access time where adults registered for online banking services, worked on their resumes, set up their new Kindles and learned to download free music from the Free Library's website, we are… continue reading

By Joel N.   May 16, 2012    2

This morning the Techmobile hosted third graders from Reynolds School onboard for an overview of the Library’s electronic resources for children, and then did a hands-on activity using Google maps alongside the Free Library’s digital collections of historical maps and historical images of Philadelphia . Students used our… continue reading

By Joel N.   May 1, 2012    1

We are on the road today, visiting the Kingsessing Branch. Today is primary day, and many of our branches are polling locations. The Techmobile is parked on South 51st Street, and we are inviting on board anyone with questions about their polling place or whether they are already registered to vote, and if anyone wants to find out any… continue reading

By Joel N.   April 24, 2012    1

Today the Free Library launches our Techmobile, a state-of-the art digital literacy training vehicle. Sporting iPads and laptops, presentation equipment and mobile broadband, our Techmobile brings library services, computer training and internet access on the road. It serves Philadelphians not only in their own neighborhoods, but in… continue reading

By Joel N.   April 12, 2012    1

Have you seen them around town? On subway concourses, sides of buses and within SEPTA bus shelters, KEYSPOTS ads have premiered. KEYSPOTS is a citywide initiative bringing internet access, training and technology to Philadelphia communities.   KEYSPOTS is powered by Freedom Rings Partnership —a consortium of government,… continue reading

By Jenn D.   January 26, 2012   

The Free Library is acquiring a Techmobile, a 25’ vehicle outfitted for digital literacy training and outreach. Right now, construction is in progress and we expect you’ll see the Techmobile hitting the streets in April. Trainings will range from computer and email basics, r ésum é writing and job searching… continue reading

By Joel N.   January 25, 2012