Posts Tagged ‘Bookmobile’

ICPL Bookmobile at Iowa Arts Festival

by Kara Logsden on May 24th, 2019

Students from Alexander after a bookmobile visit.

The ICPL Bookmobile will be at ABC Day (Arts-Books-Children) at the Iowa Arts Festival on Saturday June 1 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You’ll find us on Clinton Street with all the Children’s activities.

Stop by, pick up a copy of the Library’s Summer Bookmobile Schedule, sign-up for Summer Reading Program, and check out a book for summer reading – we’ve got lots of great books for people of all ages.

We are ready for a GREAT SUMMER beginning at the Iowa Arts Festival. We’ll see you at the Library and ICPL Bookmobile soon!


No Bookmobile Service May 28 through May 31

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 18th, 2019

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile will be on Summer Service Break from Tuesday, May 28, through Friday, May 31.

During this break, the Bookmobile will undergo vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the shelves with great new Library materials.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pickup on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk in the Downtown Library. We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7-day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

For full Bookmobile schedule information, visit

No Bookmobile Service on Monday, May 27

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 17th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Memorial Day: Monday, May 27. The Downtown Library is also closed that day.

Holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

Summer Bookmobile Schedule

by Shawna Riggins on May 16th, 2019

Summer is coming and so is a new Bookmobile schedule! The Summer Bookmobile schedule will run from June 3 – Aug 16. All stops are open to the public and offer free parking (with the exception of the UI College of Medicine Courtyard stop).

Schedule information is available at and in printed schedules available in the Library and on the Bookmobile. Summer schedule highlights include Stories in the Park events on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays consisting of a morning of stories, music, and special events as well as Bookmobile service. Also look for the Bookmobile at Party in Park events on Thursday evenings.

Are you thinking ahead about the Library’s Summer Reading Program? So are we! Pre-registration is happening now at the Library, on the Bookmobile, and online. The Bookmobile will be fully stocked with Summer Reading prizes for all ages throughout the season.

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ICPL Bookmobile to Alexander Elementary Spring Bike Rodeo

by Shawna Riggins on April 16th, 2019

The ICPL Bookmobile is excited to be a part of the Alexander Elementary Spring Bike Rodeo this Thursday, April 18. The full event runs from 3:30-5:30 at Alexander Elementary, 3571 Sycamore St., with the Bookmobile in attendance from 4:30-5:30.

The Bike Rodeo is open to the community, and is a collaboration with Bicyclists of Iowa City (BIC), Alexander Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization, NCJC SOAR After-School Program, The South District Neighborhood Association (SDNA) and The City of Iowa City to increase bike safety and awareness before the summer months.

A bike rodeo is an educational workshop for kids and adults. At this rodeo volunteers will provide a bike maintenance check, helmet check and fitting.

Plus, at this event there will be FREE bike helmets, reflective gear and food to go along with the educational workshop in the school parking lot.

This event will cause a slight disruption to regular Bookmobile service – The Bookmobile will not be at Regency Mobile Home Community this Thursday from 4:30-5:00 as a result. If this disruption causes difficulties for any library users, please reach out to the library and we would be happy to work together to resolve the concern.

Wheeled Wonders: a celebration of Bookmobiles

by Mari Redington on April 9th, 2019

Students from Alexander after a bookmobile visit.

National Bookmobile Day is Wednesday April 10th, and all week we are celebrating the second birthday of our very own ICPL bookmobile!

I spend almost half of my work week on the Bookmobile, and my favorite statement that I often hear is, “I loved the Bookmobile when I was a kid.” I hear this from Iowa City residents of all ages with home towns all over the country. For many, visiting a Bookmobile is an experience they will never forget. Bookmobiles are nostalgic, and let’s face it, they’re just neat.

For more than 100 years bookmobiles have brought a library to those that otherwise may not have access to one. So, in honor of a holiday of celebrating the wonderful services bookmobiles all over the world provide, I have scoured the internet for the most “novel,” whimsical and just plain neat bookmobiles over the past century.


Originating in the nineteenth century, the earliest bookmobiles were horse-drawn wagons filled with boxes of books. However, in the 1920s, Sarah Byrd Askew, a New Jersey librarian, thought reading and literacy so important that she delivered books to rural readers in her own Ford Model T. (From the Multnomah County Library Archives.)




During the Great Depression, there was a fleet of “book women” who delivered books, regardless of weather, to rural communities in Appalachia. These women would ride 100-120 miles every week on horseback, traversing dangerous terrain, to ensure that their readers received their books on time. (From the Kentucky Library and Archives.)







The Biblioburro is a mobile library that brings books to children in remote rural areas of Colombia using two donkeys. It’s been the subject of a PBS POV film and inspired a popular children’s book, Waiting for the Biblioburro. (From the PBS POV Archive.)








Iowa’s first mobile library rolled out in 1926 via the County Library Committee of the Iowa Library Association. The idea of the book caravan, also known as “The Lydia”, was conceived by Miss Lydia Barrette, city librarian at Mason City. Every county in Iowa could secure the use of this library on wheels for a week at a cost of $50, to help stimulate interest in the levy of a tax so that each county might have its own library and caravan.



Here’s some stunning photos of the Utah State Library Bookmobile is traveling near Zion National Park circa 1970. (From the Utah State Library.)






This Bookmobile Tank is a ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction.’ In 2015, Argentine artist Raul Lemesoff created a Ford Falcon-based “tank” that’s armored with free books that he distributes, gratis, to people in and around Buenos Aires.

Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital Ankara decided to give discarded books a new life by creating a unique bookmobile that tours schools in suburban districts to impart the passion for reading in children. With a total population of 5.5 million people, the Turkish large capital province Ankara is divided into 25 districts, where not all schools have the privilege of a usable library. (From the Borneo Bulletin.)

BiebBus is a children’s mobile library from the Netherlands. A traditional bookmobile would be too big for the narrow Dutch streets, so the BiebBus can expand – vertically. The bottom room is filled with shelves with 7,000 children’s books. Through the transparent ceiling you can see the upper room, which is a wonderful reading and playing area. BiebBus has a total space of 52 square meters, and offers space for 30-45 kids.

Green Day’s first tour bus was an old bookmobile van that drummer Tre Cool’s dad refurbished into a unique tour bus. Last year, Green Day donated the dilapidated bookmobile to Wheels For Wishes to be restored, after which it was sent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. The proceeds from auctioning this donation will go towards helping Make-A- Wish grant wishes to local children. (From Wheels For Wishes)

The Mongolian Children’s Mobile Library carried by camel to nomadic herding communities and remote parts of the Gobi desert.









This is Bahman Beigi’s mobile library in Iran. Mohammad Bahman Beigi was a passionate activist who devoted his life to educate nomadic communities in Iran. In the 1970s he visited numerous desert villages, bringing in his jeep the books to read.

Last but not least, here are a few photos of our now 2-year old ICPL Bookmobile over the years!

ICPL’s Bookmobile on the day of it’s arrival 2 years ago this week!


Just recently, hitting 10,000 miles, the Bookmobile has been all across Iowa City, helping patrons of all ages in rain and shine, snow and heat, and anything else Iowa weather has to offer.

Please help us celebrate this week and year round by continuing to visit and use the resources our Bookmobile can offer!


Get ready to celebrate the Bookmobile!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 2nd, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, is National Bookmobile Day – but why celebrate for a day when a week is longer?

Join us as we celebrate National Bookmobile Week April 8 through April 12! Anyone who visits the Bookmobile that week will receive a sweet treat and other goodies. You can find our schedule here.

Patrons who post a photo of our Bookmobile with the #icplbookmobile hashtag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter April 8 through April 12, will be entered in a drawing for a Bookmobile travel mug. Feel free to visit the Bookmobile more than once that week to increase your chances of winning!

We’ll see you on the road!

What’s Up with the Bookmobile and No Heat?

by Kara Logsden on March 5th, 2019

The long winter is wearing on everyone, including the Bookmobile. We’ve thought of the Bookmobile’s two heaters this winter as the “Little Heaters that Could.” Unfortunately, last week they just couldn’t keep up with the extended cold and their attempts to keep the inside of the Bookmobile toasty warm. The good news is the heaters are fixed. The bad news is a fuel pump to one of the heaters is not working. Our good friends at the City’s Equipment Division have a new fuel pump on order. Hopefully the Bookmobile will be ready to roll in time for Wednesday afternoon stops. Many thanks to everyone for your patience this winter. Spring will be here soon, right?

No Bookmobile Service on Monday, Feb. 18

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 10th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, February 18.

The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Remember, even when the Bookmobile isn’t in service, online services are available 24/7 at This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile on February 19!

No Bookmobile Service on Monday, Jan. 21

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 14th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, January 21. The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Bookmobile’s holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Even though the Bookmobile won’t be on the road, online services are available 24/7 at This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile or at the Downtown Library on Jan. 22