These 30 Vintage Photos of Libraries-on-Wheels Look Cool!

A travelling library often used to provide books to villages and city suburbs that had no library buildings, the bookmobile went from a simple horse-drawn cart in the 19th century to large customised vehicles that became part of American culture and reached their height of popularity in the mid-twentieth century. Let’s take a little trip down memory lane with this forgotten four-wheeler…

A horse-drawn cart in Washington in the 1900s. It was one of the first American bookmobiles, built in 1905, but was hit and destroyed by a train in 1910.
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A bookmobile in Indonesia, early 20th century.
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A bookmobile in Indonesia, early 20th century.
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The Book Caravan, one of the first traveling bookshops, 1920.
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Books free for everybody, right at the door – if you vote “yes”
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An opened bookmobile, 1925
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Multnomah County Library, 1926
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Book Caravan in Iowa, c.1927
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The first bookmobile of the Public Library of Cincinnati, c. 1927.
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Rockville Fair, Maryland, 1928
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Three of the bookmobile staff, c.1930
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The Library’s bookmobile on Compton Road, c.1933
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Greensboro, North Carolina, 1936
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The Library’s bookmobile in Sharonville, circa 1938
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A circulating library in a streetcar in Munich, Germany
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