National Bookmobile Day

It’s National Library Week!  And National Bookmobile Day!  National Library Week began in 1958 and is usually celebrated the second week of April.  How has the library helped you – public, school, or any other library?  I grew up as a library nerd.  I always did the summer reading challenges, and in junior high, my friends and I often went to the local branch library to study (okay, and to socialize).

In honor of National Bookmobile Day, I thought it would be fun to share some images of bookmobiles past and present – and traditional and untraditional.

The Biblioburro!  A Colombian man and his donkeys take books out to 15 impoverished villages.


1918 – The Hibbing, MN bookmobile.  The first walk-in bookmobile in the country.


1917 – Saint Paul, MN bookmobile

saint paul

Camel “bookmobile “, Kenya.  The camel mobile library was initiated by the government to help improve literacy rates of poor, nomadic people.


Sandhill Regional Library System bookmobile, NC.  I thought it was cute they called it the condensed version.


Annapolis Valley Regional Valley bookmobile, Nova Scotia.


Bookboat (bokbaten), Norway.  A floating library that serves the west coast of the country, which still has many towns most accessible by boat.

1905-1910 – Washington County Free Library bookmobile, MD.  The first bookmobile in the country, service began in April 1905.

wash county

Image sources 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8



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