Bookmobiles: A Proud History, a Promising Future

April 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm 1 comment

El Paso Public Library’s bookmobile

Bookmobiles: A Proud History, a Promising Future

By John Amundsen

Bookmobiles have a proud history of service dating back to the late 1850s, when a horse-drawn collection of books began making the rounds in Cumbria, England. Here in the United States, the first bookmobile is widely attributed to Mary Lemist Titcomb, a librarian in Washington County, Maryland, who in 1905 posited “Would not a Library Wagon, the outward and visible signs of the service for which the Library stood, do much more in cementing friendship?”

Today, bookmobiles are still going strong, with more than 900 such mobile libraries still providing the same spirit of community—indeed, friendship—through innovative new services in cities, towns, and rural areas.  READ MORE.

Entry filed under: Valdosta State University.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Melissa Hopkins  |  June 19, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I think bookmobiles are an excellent way to reach out to the community and provide resources and help to the people who do not have easy access to the library building. I can see how this is especially helpful for diverse groups.


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