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Interior view of a Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Whittington, Dick
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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.
Two women and a man can be seen toward the rear of this Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile, each one browsing through books they have selected. The ceiling-to-floor bookshelves house everything from comics, to periodicals, paperbacks, hardcovers, etc. Along the entire back "wall", magazine racks display numerous periodical titles, such as: "Life", "Better Homes and Gardens", "Seventeen", "Vogue", "Mademoiselle", "Good Housekeeping", "Radio News", "Radio Electronics", "Boy's Life", and "Jack and Jill", among others.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Los Angeles Public Library
Library shelving--California--Los Angeles
Bookmobiles--California--Los Angeles
Library users--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Books--California--Los Angeles

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