book·​mo·​bile | \ ˈbu̇k-mō-ˌbēl How to pronounce bookmobile (audio) \

Definition of bookmobile

: a truck that serves as a traveling library

Examples of bookmobile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Books on two—or three—wheels Think of book bikes as the eco-friendly offspring of an old-fashioned bookmobile and a mobile library. National Geographic, "How libraries are writing a new chapter during the pandemic," 26 Sep. 2020 Patricia Yanch Katy, Texas Remember the bookmobile? Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: Why a front-porch concert is so moving in coronavirus era," 2 May 2020 And the bookmobile librarian was just the most wonderful person. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, "Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, envy of librarians everywhere, kicks off 75-year celebration," 7 Dec. 2019 Although the project is somewhat similar to the bookmobile program, in which a large vehicle acts as a mobile branch to check books in and out, the book bike just gives books away to keep, no library card necessary. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Public Library book bike offers free books — no library card necessary," 23 Aug. 2019 Library use has seen a drastic decline when compared to the previous decade due to technology changes, with only 44 percent of Americans visiting a local library or bookmobile in 2016, according to the Atlantic. Fox News, "Book returns in Chicago increase 240 percent after city eliminates fines," 11 Nov. 2019 Ed taught mathematics, while Ruth volunteered with the school library, tutoring, and community services such as the orphanage and bookmobile., "Ruth Ann Dudley," 8 Oct. 2019 The library’s bookmobile, with its 3,000 current and popular items including books, magazines, movie, video games, as well as puzzles and board games, also appeared at the market. Kulsoom Khan,, "Library ‘squad’ and knife-sharpening demo at Arlington Heights farmers market," 22 July 2019 After stops at libraries in Euclid and Elyria, the bookmobile’s tour continues east, on to Danbury, Conn. Destinations such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Colorado and more will follow., "Digital Bookmobile makes stop in South Euclid to promote ebooks, audiobooks," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of bookmobile

1924, in the meaning defined above

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4 Oct 2020

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“Bookmobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookmobile

US : a large vehicle that contains many library books and that goes to different places so that people can borrow the books


book·​mo·​bile | \ ˈbu̇k-mō-ˌbēl How to pronounce bookmobile (audio) \

Kids Definition of bookmobile

: a truck with shelves of books that is a traveling library

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