These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local LibrariesOkay, so there are few things that can match the pleasure of walking into a building filled with books. But these bookmobiles, book boats, and beasts of book burden have brought the joys of reading to people who couldn't easily access brick and mortar libraries.

Top image: The Book Caravan, one of the first traveling bookshops, 1920, via Book Caravan.

A horse-drawn cart in Washington in the 1900s. It was one of the first American bookmobiles, built in 1905, but was hit and destroyed by a train in 1910.

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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A bookmobile in Indonesia, early 20th century

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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Books free for everybody, right at the door – if you vote "yes"

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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Multnomah County Library, 1926

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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The first bookmobile of the Public Library of Cincinnati, c. 1927

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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Book Caravan in Iowa, c. 1927

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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Rockville Fair, Maryland, 1928

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

Greensboro, North Carolina, 1936

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An opened bookmobile

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A circulating library in a streetcar in Munich, Germany

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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A tram in Berlin with 2400 books in Berlin, 1952

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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Framingham Public Library, 1956

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A traveling library used in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 1955 and 1965.

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A Boston Public Library bookmobile, 1963

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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A Czech book truck

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A mobile library in Canterbury

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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The bookmobile of Providence Public Library, 1967

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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A mobile library in Kurdistan, Iran, in 1970

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The Bicentennial Bookmobile in Utah, 1976

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At the waterfront in Gosford

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Oshkosh Public Library city and county bookmobiles, 1981

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A Utah State Library bookmobile in the mid-1980s

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Providence Public Library, 1991

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A book bus of the Dunedin Public Libraries in New Zealand

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A rolling library in Granzin, Germany

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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The latest version of the San Jose Public Library's bookmobiles, 1999

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"Driven to Read," Utah

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A religious mobile library in Jerusalem, Israel

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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The mobile library of Summit County

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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A truck in Indonesia

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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Berlin, 2011

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A Danish Library Bus, designed by Peter Callesen

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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A Camel Library Service in Kenya

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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A donkey library in Colombia

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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Bibliomulas in Venezuela

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(via Stacey Edwards)

A floating library named Epos, visiting small Norwegian towns since 1963

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

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Left to decay in southwest Washington state

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

(via J Brew and Washington State Library)

An abandoned Bookmobile with a Gerstenslager body

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

These Rolling Bookmobiles Are Cooler Than Your Local Libraries

(via Ken Duffy)