Known most commonly as bookmobiles or mobile libraries, they are designed to store and carry books to those people and communities that have difficulty accessing libraries out of their own means. These wonderful means of transportation have come a long way, from being conceived circa 1900 and consisting of a horse and wagon that bore such names as book wagon, surrogate branch library, and field libraries.
Some of the more modern versions of the bookmobile have computer equipment on board outfitted with internet connections. A Digital Bookmobile has even been implemented by Overdrive, which is a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer that promotes downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video as it traverses the country.
A floating library even operates on the coast of Norway, the bookboat Epos, which has room for six thousand books and supplements its services with cultural activities for children in the three counties it services.
Audrey Niffennegger has written a graphic novel titled The Night Bookmobile that is set to release September 1st, 2010. It can also be found in series at guardian.co.uk.
Information on bookmobiles / mobile libraries can be found at:
Bookmobile: Defining Information Poor
Bookmobile on Wikipedia
Have you ever used a bookmobile?