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LAPL Bookmobile and the Bonaventure Hotel
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1975
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.
A patriotic-looking banner hangs along the upper side of a Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile that is parked along 5th and Flower streets. It is possible that the vehicle has been decorated to promote a celebration of some kind. A couple that is walking alongside of it look toward the open door. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel is visible in the background.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel (Calif.)
Decoration and ornament--California--Los Angeles
Trucks--Decoration--California--Los Angeles
Bookmobiles--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles

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