Bookmobiles: 15 Rare Photos Of The Libraries On Wheels In The Past

The first bookmobile is thought to have appeared in England in the late 1850s. It was a horse-drawn cart and included about 12,000. Later, large customized libraries on wheels became part of American culture and reached their height of popularity in the mid-20th century.

1. An Opened Bookmobile, 1925

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Numismatic Bibliomania Society

2. The First Bookmobile Of The Public Library Of Cincinnati, 1927

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Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

3. A Mobile Library In Kurdistan, Iran, 1970


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4. Inside A Bookmobile, 1960s

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Bibliobussen

5. One Of The Library Bookmobiles, C. 1948.

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Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

6. A Bookmobile In Indonesia, Early 20th Century.


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7. The Bookmobile In Columbia Park, C. 1940

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Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

8. Bookmobile

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Multnomah County Library

9. Book Caravan In Iowa, C.1927

10. Multnomah County Library, 1926

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Multnomah County Library

11. Greensboro, North Carolina, 1936

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Crossett Library

12. An Impatient Queue For A Dutch Bookmobile

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13. The Library’s Bookmobile On Compton Road, C.1933

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Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

14. Three Of The Bookmobile Staff, C.1930

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Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

15. Craig Medvigny (left) And David Sutton Enjoying A Book; Eleanor Mann Substitute Traveling Branch Librarian, C. 1920s

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Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County