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National Bookmobile Day ( (Wednesday of National Library Week, April 16, 2014) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day.


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President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt with the Queens Borough (N.Y.) Public Library "book bus" in 1930.

Library bus, Highland Libraries, Scotland, UK.

Scotland's Highland Mobile Libraries

Pathfinder, Greenville (S.C.) Public Library, 1920s, was the first bookmobile to run south of Maryland.

The Bookmobile Heads South; Greenville South Carolina

Parnassus, the Noblesville (Ind.) Public Library bookmobile, 1920s.

The Early Bookmobiles of Indiana; Noblesville

Logansport-Cass County (Ind.) Library bookmobile, 1918.

Bookmobiles: A History

Arizona State Library Extension Service bookmobile, 1971.

The Navajo Bookmobiles of Arizona

St. Charles Parish (La.) Library bookmobile.

St. Charles Parish Library introduces new bookmobile

Cleveland Heights-University Heights (Ohio) Public Library, Book Bike.

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library Book Bike

Street Books, Portland, Oregon.

Q&A with Portland's Street Librarian

Tehran's taxi library, run by the husband-and-wife team of Mehdi Yazdany and Sarvenaz Heraner

In Tehran, a Couple Turns Their Taxi Into a Rolling Library - WSJ

The Minneapolis Floating Library, an art project

The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library

Omaha (Nebr.) Public Library debuts its book bike in August 2014.

New Topeka and Shawnee County (Kans.) Public Library bookmobile, July 2014

Toledo-Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library, Classroom on Wheels.

The Classroom on Wheels

This Van Buren County Public Library bookmobile in Battle Creek, Michigan, was part of the Michigan Community Health Project, established in 1931 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to provide resources for rural deveopment and public health.

Book Wagons, pamphlet by the ALA, 1921.

Books on Wheels | American Library Association Archives

From 1954 to 1972, the Johann Fust Public Library of Boca Grande, Florida, used a yacht (Papyrus and Papyrus II) to bring books to islands in the surrounding area.

The Boatmobile of Boca Grande, Florida

Palatine (Ill.) Public Library District bookmobile.

Mansfield/Richland County (Ohio) Public Library, branchmobile, ca. 1980.

The Branchmobile of Mansfield, Ohio

The Evansville Vanderburgh (Ind.) Public Library’s bookmobile, mid-1920s.

Susan Borden, Wayne County, North Carolina's first librarian, checks the bookmobile, 1941.

Wayne County's first librarian :: Library History Collection

A New York Public Library book wagon at destination [Bronx?], ca. 1930s.

A book wagon at destination [Bronx?], ca. 1930s

Waiting on the bookmobile in South Carolina.

Waiting on bookmobile :: South Carolina Bookmobiles Collection

Gerstenslager Bookmobile ad on a postcard, ca. 1948.

Bookmobile interior, Davidson County (N.C.) Public Library.

Bookmobile Library Timeline