Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Bikebrarians

Children check out the Books on Bikes. Courtesy of the Seattle Public Library. Whereas many libraries have used diesel or natural gas vehicles, no bookmobiles were greener than the zero-emission libraries on wheels pedaled by the 11 “bikebrarians” of the … Continue reading

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In the wake of the 70s energy crisis, bookmobiles were suddenly looked at as gargantuan gas guzzlers from another era. Library administrators felt the need to have their vehicles increase efficiency by offering more services, such as providing health care … Continue reading

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The First Online Bookmobile

Katherine Phenix and Penny Hall check out their bookmobile’s online catalog.   In July of 1985, the city of Westminster, CO, became the first in the country to have a bookmobile with an online computer (Westminster also has the distinction … Continue reading

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