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[boo k-muh-beel, -moh-] /ˈbʊk məˌbil, -moʊ-/
an automobile, small truck, or trailer constructed to carry books and serve as a traveling library, as for communities where libraries are not accessible.
1935-40; book + -mobile Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bookmobile
  • When school was out, the summer bookmobile was my lifeline.
  • We made our regular monthly visit to the bookmobile.
  • Park amenities include barber and beauty services, barbecue campfire area, three laundry rooms and bi-weekly bookmobile visits.
  • Has primary responsibility for general and specialized service to children and bookmobile patrons.
  • For each bookmobile, count the hours the bookmobile is open to the public, but do not include travel time between stops.
  • The bookmobile covers the entire county and has six routes.
  • We have a strong bookmobile program which serves a large rural population.
  • Library cards are free and available at all public library facilities as well as the bookmobile.
British Dictionary definitions for bookmobile


(US & Canadian) a vehicle providing lending library facilities Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) mobile library
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Encyclopedia Article for bookmobile

shelf-lined motor van or other vehicle that carries books to rural and urban areas, establishes library service in areas that are too small to justify the creation of a stable branch, and acts as a demonstration model for communities that can afford library service and may choose to establish future stable branches. The earliest prototypes, which appeared in the 19th century in England and in the early 20th century in the United States, were horse-drawn book wagons. These provided service to individual homes, as well as to village centres.

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