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National Bookmobile Day, April 17, 2013

Held on the Wednesday of National Library Week since 2010, National Bookmobile Day (NBD) recognizes and celebrates the role of bookmobiles and direct-delivery outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries.

An integral and vital part of library service in the United States for over 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology, and resources for life-long learning to Americans of all walks of life.

National Bookmobile Day is sponsored by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

The third annual National Bookmobile will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Local bookmobile schedules.



Bookmobile service

Modern bookmobile service is thought to have its roots in the late 19th Century.

The first bookmobile service in the U.S. is widely acknowledged to have started in 1905 by Mary Lemist Titcomb in Washington County, Maryland. Titcomb, the first librarian of the Washington County Free Library, saw the need to expand library services from the main location in Hagerstown to homes across the largely rural county.  Initially, the service saw materials distributed to general stores, post offices, and other locations throughout the county via the library’s wagon – initially serving 66 locations.

Unsatisfied by this, Titcomb sought to create what she referred to as a “Library Wagon” and began consulting with wagon makers to design a purpose-built horse-drawn wagon. Staffed by a librarian and a driver, the new Library Wagon began its service, visiting farms and homes across the county. In 1912, the county acquired its first motorized bookmobile, and the service over time has been expanded from rural service to stops at senior citizen centers, schools, and other locations, and continues to present day.

In India, the concept of a mobile library was introduced in 1931 during a meeting of the Madras Library Association. Promoted by S.R. Ranganathan, considered “The Father of Library Science” in India, this two-wheeled cart – the first mobile library in Southern Asia – echoed his ideals of library service as a means to help improve rural education.

Bookmobiles can be found around the world, in many different forms – from the familiar bus or van-like vehicles to other means of transport, including a biblioburro in rural Colombia, a camel library service in Uganda, the M.S. Epos library ship in Norway, and elephant libraries in Thailand.

Local bookmobile schedules.


National Library Week

>It’s National Library Week…a time to recognize and celebrate our nation’s libraries and the communities they serve.

April 15 is National Bookmobile Day. Bookmobiles nationwide are traveling the highways bringing books and materials to those who are unable to visit a library building. Here’s the schedule for local bookmobiles.

Keep on truckin’!




Can’t get to the library? The library will come to you!

Bookmobile service is available in all three counties. Check out the schedules.

Bookmobiles are little libraries on wheels and have a long tradition of service in the United States. There are bookmobiles of various types world wide…even by camel in Kenya and pulled by donkey in Zimbabwe.

The bookmobiles here carry a selection of books for children, teens and adults, large print books, paperbacks, audios and videos.

You can use your library card or register for service on the bookmobile. You can request books and other library materials and we’ll bring them to you.

Bookmobile service is free, just like your public library.