Those with mobility issues now have another way to get into the Columbia Public Library. With $5,360 awarded by a Library Service Improvement Grant, the library purchased two Amigo RD Motorized Mobility Scooters, as well as an exterior call box. Every year, several Library Services and Technology grants are given through the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
“We’ve seen mobility scooters at other local businesses and it seemed like a practical alternative to offer library patrons who have difficulty walking,“ said Melissa Carr, Daniel Boone Regional Library Director. “We’re committed to making our facilities, programs, and services accessible to all people, including those with disabilities.” Patrons wanting to use a scooter can use the exterior call box installed at the base of the ADA ramp in the library’s south parking lot or call 443-3161 to let library staff know when they will arrive. A staff member will bring the scooter out to patrons requesting assistance and will escort them back out of the building to their car when the patron is ready to leave. Wheelchairs and rolling walkers are also available at the library.
“One scooter has a place for a walker on the back and the other has a place for a cane,” said Elinor Barrett, Daniel Boone Regional Library associate director. “Patrons can use the scooters during the entire time they’re in the building if they wish.” A library card is not necessary to check out a scooter, but a photo ID is requested.
All three of the library buildings-Callaway County Public Library, Columbia Public Library and Southern Boone County Public Library— meet ADA requirements and have staff able to assist any patrons needing help using library services.