Bookmobiles in the U.S.

Bookmobiles in the U.S.
Year Number States With Highest Numbers

1950

603

(highest states are North Carolina at 87, Missouri at 48, Ohio at 47)

1989

921

(highest states are Kentucky at 109, No. Carolina at 51, Ohio at 50)

1990

1,102

(highest states are Kentucky at 113 and California at 66)

1991

1,125

(highest states are Kentucky at 110 and California at 67)

1992

1,066

(highest states are Kentucky at 110 and California at 70)

1993

1,035

(highest states are Kentucky at 107 and California at 63)

1994

997

(highest states are Kentucky at 105 and Ohio at 60)

1995

978

(highest states are Kentucky at 103 and Ohio at 61)

1996

966

(highest states are Kentucky at 97 and Ohio at 63)

1997

947

(highest states are Kentucky at 97 and Ohio at 62)

1998

933

(highest states are Kentucky at 98 and Ohio at 64)

1999

907

(highest states are Kentucky at 94 and Ohio at 66)

2000

884

(highest states are Kentucky at 94 and Ohio at 66)

2001

879

(highest states are Kentucky at 94 and Ohio at 66)

2002

873

(highest states are Kentucky at 95 and Ohio at 66)

2003

864

(highest states are Kentucky at 98 and Ohio at 66)


Sources: Except for 1950, these figures come from the annual report on Public Libraries in the United States: FY XXXX published by the National Center for Education Statistics. The statistics are on Table 2. The 1950 figures are from Table 14 in Public Library Statistics, Bulletin, 1953, No. 9 from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Office of Education – the predecessor of NCES. We also checked reports from the same agency covering 1938-39, 1944-45, 1968, 1974, and 1977-78, but could not find comparable figures. State library data consulted for 2003 figure.