Ruth Mini Mobile Library

No one should ever have to choose between paying bills and buying books

Questions With Answers That Change Periodically

Q: Are you accepting book donations right now?
A: As of November 1, 2020, we are NOT accepting book donations. We will update this answer if things change.

Q: I saw that you are closed right now. When will you resume services?
A: Since we first started in 2017, we’ve always closed the library down for the holidays. We only have two volunteers, including myself. The risk level in San Antonio, Texas, is Severe. We are working on plans to safely fill up Little Free Libraries, but contact-free deliveries won’t resume until the risk level is Mild or Low.

To check the risk level, please check the City of San Antonio’s COVID-19 dashboard.

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Questions That Normally Do Not Change

Q: How does contact-free delivery work?
A: You place an order of at least 10 books, and we grab the books off the shelf. We email you to let you know that your books are ready. We drive to your delivery location and leave it on your front porch or at the entrance of a building and leave.

Q: Are you doing anything to limit the spread of COVID-19?
A: We check all the books with a blacklight for an extra layer of protection in addition to wiping them down. All incoming donations are quarantined for at least 96 hours. We spread out our deliveries to ensure we aren’t in contact with too many people.

Q: Is there a minimum amount of books you need to order?
A: Yes, since we deliver the books to you ourselves, you must request at least 10 books to be eligible for delivery.

Q: Do you have to be a San Antonio resident to get the books?
A: At this time, yes you must be a resident of San Antonio, Texas, or inside Bexar County. Use this map to determine if your address is in Bexar County.

Q: Are the books really free? There’s seriously no delivery charge?
A: Yes, it’s really true, for now… Things may change if we run out of funding. We will notify you if that ever changes. If you’d like to donate, you can donate online or send us money on Cashapp at $minibookmobile.

Q: What condition are the books in?
A: Not all the books we give away are used. Some are like new and in good condition, others have torn covers and are slightly damaged.

Q: It’s been a while and I haven’t received my book order. What do I do?
A: First, please confirm that you have ordered a minimum of 10 books. If this is correct, please email library@ruthmini.com so that the librarian can investigate your order status.

Q: I received an email stating that my delivery will be here in 3 weeks. Can I add to my original order?
A: Yes, you can add books to your original order without having to wait for a separate order.

However, there are two restrictions: The delivery address must be the same as the original order. You must place the new order 3 days before your original delivery. For example, let’s say your delivery date is scheduled for September 9, 2020. The last day to add to your original order would be September 6, 2020, at 11:59 PM.

Q: Can you add a book bundle to my order?
A: Yes, when you are filling out the delivery form there is a box for notes. Please say the age, reading level, and themes that you would prefer. Please keep in mind that requests will be considered, but it is not guaranteed. If you forget or see this page after you place your order, you can email me at library@ruthmini.com to add a book bundle.