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Los Angeles Public Library Traveling Branch Bookmobile
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1955
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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As early as 1949 these bookmobiles, or "libraries on wheels", began taking books to the mostly disadvantaged, low-income areas, or the outlying sections of the city where community libraries had not been established. The Los Angeles Public Library's fleet of bookmobiles was comprised of 3 large vans usually loaded with 4,000 books, and a smaller one known as "Little Toot" that usually carried 3,000 books. They had 28 scheduled stops each week to such places as housing developments, shopping centers, parks, and schools that varied anywhere from an hour to three hours. It is estimated that these Traveling Branches circulated almost 250,000 volumes a year.
Side and rear view of the Los Angeles Public Library Traveling Branch Bookmobile. This is just one of four such bookmobiles that traveled to schools throughout the Los Angeles area. This one is parked at an unidentified school and is 'opened for business', as seen by the numerous students browsing through the shelves. Three "flaps" along the side have been propped open, exposing numerous bookshelves with dozens upon dozens of books; small tables and a few chairs can be seen at the rear of the bookmobile.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Branches-Bookmobile.; N-003-143 8x10
Los Angeles Public Library
School buildings--California--Los Angeles
Bookmobiles--California--Los Angeles
Playgrounds--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Children--California--Los Angeles

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