Skip to main content

Image / Staff of the Los Angeles Public Library Traveling Branch Bookmobile

Have a question about this item?

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Staff of the Los Angeles Public Library Traveling Branch Bookmobile
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1950
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
Title supplied by cataloger.
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.
Three unidentified people, most likely library employees, pose in front of a Los Angeles Public Library Traveling Branch Bookmobile. Usually, these bookmobiles staffed one adult librarian and/or one children's librarian, a clerk typist and a driver. The classification of these library employees is unknown.
1 photographic print :col. ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Los Angeles Public Library
Bookmobiles--California--Los Angeles
Employees--California--Los Angeles
Librarians--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles

Explore related content on Calisphere: