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Book Bot Pilot Project

Book Bot 

Book BotBook Bot is a book pick-up device that will allow residents in a test area to return library books and other library materials to the Mountain View Public Library from their home once a week.

Book Bot is one of several applications of Personal Delivery Devices developed as part of a project within Google’s Area 120 workshop for experimental ideas.  This project is part of the City of Mountain View's pilot program to allow the use of Personal Delivery Devices which was approved by the Mountain View City Council on February 27, 2018.

Operating hours

Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.. The device will be equipped with headlights to operate after sunset. Book Bot will not operate during rain, hail or similar conditions.

Schedule a book RETURN pick-up

Book BotGo to No login is required. Library card account information is not needed to schedule a pickup. Library patrons can drop books and other library materials into the chute on the rear side of the device.  The capacity is 5-10 items, depending on the size of the items.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions handout for more information about Book Bot.

Service Area

Old Mountain View Neighborhood - Bounded by West Evelyn Avenue to the north, Calderon Avenue to the west, El Camino Real to the south and Shoreline Boulevard to the east.

Old Mountain View Neighborhood - Book Bot service area










Google’s Area 120 staff are continuously refining the design of Book Bot and experimenting with different concepts.  The images on this page are the two types of robots they are currently working on.

Device Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: Length 28” x Width 18” x Height 32” (without antennas, flag for visibility, or arm for
    operating crosswalk buttons). Dimensions may be subject to minor changes.
  • Weight: 100 lbs. unloaded, maximum 150 lbs. loaded
  • Maximum operating speed: 4.5 mph

 Book Bot on the streets of Mountain View

Book Bot in front of Mountain View Public Library sign