It might look like an average school bus, but it’s far from it.

Every time a La Joya Independent School District student boards a bus, they’ll have a library on wheels.

The school district has installed thousands of QR codes for e-books inside buses carrying middle and high school students for instant access.

“We have all these kids who stay after school and we want to make sure they have the opportunity to read and download on their phone the reading assignments so they can read, test—all those books are testable,” said Alma D. Salinas, Library Services Director for La Joya I.S.D.

Once the bar code is scanned, the book is instantly downloaded for free onto the student’s phone.

“A lot of our kids bring phones to school, but they don’t have WiFi at home, so it’s perfect for them to download their read then go home and read without the WiFi,”said Salinas.

The district’s technology, library and transportation department all worked together to install the e-books in 70 buses and soon hope to put them in over 200 buses.

The project has been several years in the making.

“The idea is to put books everywhere,” said Salinas.

La Joya ISD is the only district in the Valley that has these mobile libraries and say the idea was to make sure kids are learning —even when not in the classroom.

“There’s a lot of down time when our kids are going home and it gives an opportunity for kids to keep on learning” said Rigo Lopez, transportation director for La Joya I.S.D

The buses are also targeted for students with extra-curricular activities to get their study on even after or before practice.

“They get to read the book that they want and it’s like having a library on the bus,” said Gilberto Garcia, who drives Bus 175 and says he’s never seen his students so happy to get on.

The e-books work for both Android and Apple phones.

All the money for the books came from within local school funds.

The next milestone for La Joya ISD is to put the codes for e-books in all of the gyms and cafeterias of middle and high schools.